The Deepdale Round.
specifications were quite clear. No rocks to scramble
as Philip's rib hasn't fully healed and he can't raise
his arm. No exposure as Tony and I don't do exposure.
Nothing too strenuous and back home by 4:30 as
Philip had to pick up his grand-daughter. Mind
you, it was probably my fault. I had wanted to
do St Sunday's Crag as I had not been up there since
about 1974 with Pete McL, us dressed in our winter gear,
and the late Andy Hodson, him dressed in light shirt
and shorts despite the frozen ground and snow flurries.
Stan neatly converted this request into the Deepdale
forecast had steadily improved through the week and
although we had to be prepared for showers, there was
a good chance we would see none but that it would cloud
over. We parked at Low Wood, near Brother's Water,
on what had become a pleasant early autumn morning,
and headed through the wood to Bridge End and then up
the valley to wall end. It was then that Stan
muttered the words we have come to dread, "I've
not actually been this way before but there must be
a route up Latterhaw Crag." What is it about
fell runners, even retired ones, that makes them want
to take the most direct ascents?
a bit of a fight with bracken we found a
gill and scrambled up it. Not exactly
what Philip wanted. Or any of us for
that matter. It seemed quite steep
although by the time we had finished the
day, that section seemed easy in hindsight!
A moment of light relief was seeing
the hounds being exercised in the valley
below. If you have a good imagniation
you can just see them running along the
valley path in the photo on the right..
steep trail of multiple false summits led
us to (yet another) Lord's Seat and Gavel
Pike and eventually on to St Sunday's Crag.
By this time the wind had got up and
offered what MWIS refers to as "considerable
buffeting that might impede progress".
We found shelter for lunch and watched
as the weather started to close in from
Team picture on St Sunday's Crag
predicted that it would soon pass and he was right.
In fact we had only a spot or two of rain as we
made our way down
towards Deepdale Hause. Whether is was better
or worse that it cleared was debatable as the closer
we got to Cofa Pike the more we could see that our initial
ascent had been a doddle in comparison and this looked
pretty serious stuff. "It's not as bad as
it looks," said Stan, but did we believe him?
was actually pretty steep and scrambly and hard going
with a short ridge near the top with some certain death
moments if you stopped long enough to think about it.
"Come and look at the exposure!" said
Stan. "No Thanks" said Tony and I.
then on it was an easy stroll to Fairfield with quite
a panorama in all directions but too dark for decent
pictures. The way back involved another little
scramble to Hart Crag by which time it had cleared sufficient
to build this panorama photo of our route- St Sunday's
Crag in sun on the right, travelling left to the drop
and climb to Cofa Pike and then Fairfield and the trail
back off to the right.
and St Sundays Crag from Hart Crag
this time, as we made our way down the long undulating
ridge back to Deepdale Park it was clear that we were
not going to get Philip back in time, even with a dash
along the road to the car and a brisk drive back to
not the longest walk we have done recently, this was
certainly the most strenuous.
28th September 2006
Sunday's Crag, Fairfield, Hart Crag
A pack of hounds and
a solitary crow!
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