GLW1201: School Fell & Grandsire

Sunday 19th February 2012

It was a rare fine day in a depressingly dull and damp period.  "Fine" does it an injustice. The air quality was superb; the Lakeland hills were looking splendid with just the last touches of snow on them.  It was quite cold, though

Our route was a variant on earlier forays up the lower hills surrounding Windermere plus a new one- Grandsire.

We parked by the fishing pond near the Windermere golf club and headed up the bridle path past another pond until reaching the open fell.  Here we turned right by the stream to climb up to the tarn.

The plan was to ascend School Fell but it seemed possible to access Grandsire so we tackled that first.  A more sensible way would have been to approach Grandsire from the Dales Way, i.e. from the south, but nonetheless it was a worthwhile climb with excellent views in all directions.  We then dropped back to the tarn and climbed School Knott for even better views of the Lakeland panorama.

Our return path was a little contrived but nonetheless a pleasant stroll out to the east past Wasdike (after which we went through a wrong gate into the wrong field thanks to not concentrating after a lunch stop) then back southwest to the car with the sun still shining.

The first Great Little Walk of the year lived up to the description.

Don, 19th February 2012





















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