: An Ard Day's Hike
17th September 2009
has been an Ard dayís hike, to misquote the song, and
we have been walking like dogs. Joyfully and responsibly
it should be said, not like the one we saw chasing sheep.
"Ard" was Ard Crag; just the middle section
of a three range assault on some outstanding (in both
sense of the word) Wainwrights in the North Western
advantage of this fine run of weather, Bryan,
Stan and I set off early for the Newlands
Valley and found the last off-road parking
place at Chapel Bridge, near to a glorious
morning view of Hidscarth and Robinson.
first objective was Causey Pike.
has been berating me for years for not having
included this on BB0613
but we had had enough by then. As
it happens, that was a good thing as it
triggered this wonderful walk.
prominent Causey Pike and a peeping Ard Crag to the
tackled Causey Pike by the nose which meant, after a
bit of road work, a long and steep start to the day
up Ellas Crag and Rowling End, a more gentle stretch
along Sleet Hause before reverting to steep as we made
our way upto the final seemingly impenetrable buttress
looming over us. Inevitably there was a way up,
via a long but not difficult gully before emerging at
the Pikeís summit.
Pike summit in front, Ard Crag central, Robinson to
the left, Hindscarth extreme left
Craggs, the next Wainwright, was, in comparison a doddle
of a ridge walk.
from Scar Crag to Sail
back from Scar Crag to Causey Pike, Skiddaw in background
dropped down to the col before Sail and then down to
the valley bottom in order to tackle the next range-
dropped down from Scar Craggs
we chose the direttissimo route up the hill which, although
steep, proved easier than I expected.
Rigg ahead, Robinson looming to the left
ridge walk led us to Knott Rigg before another descent
to a valley, this time at Newlands Hause.
checks unfamiliar peaks
Hause, the Robinson path behind
mass of Robinson was looming over us and I confess I
was not looking forward to the climb.
down Keskadale from Buttermere Moss
proved steep but easy up to Buttermere Moss where the
ground was very, very wet and as we were all in running
shoes rather than boots, so did our feet! However
they soon dried out on the final climb to the Robinson
lake panavista from Robinson- Buttermere, Crummockwater
lunch overlooking Buttermere, Crummock Water
and Loweswater (and getting chilled because
the sun had gone whilst there was a cool
north wind) we contemplated returning via
once we were satisfied that it was not needed
(having been ticked off on BB0620) common
sense prevailed and we returned by the long
and, at times, challenging ridge toward
Newlands. The sun had returned and the views
way back off Robinson
final descent was a gallop down short
green grass from High Snab Bank to a pleasant valley
trail. Just before the car, we discovered Newlands Church,
another lake district miniature gem.
back to Robinson
was a fine afternoon view of Causey Pike and Ard Crag
Church, left, Ard Crag and Causey Pike
it really a hard days hike? Certainly there had
been a lot of hard climbing, our biggest single dayís
vertical achievement so far this year, but well worth
the effort for the views.
to put it another way:
been an Ard dayís hike
and Iíve been walking
like a dog.
been an Ard dayís hike
I should be sleeping like
when I get home, for you
there is one thing I
thatís to finish this BOOTboys blog!
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: Thank You,
Wednesday 14th January
: A Wicked Hike???
: Take a Mug With You
: Down in the Forest
: Not How But Where?
: Binsey Can Wait
(but Uncle Monty Can Not)
Thursday 12th February
: Badgers on the Line
: It's not a W!
: Up on the Roof
: Not the Blisco Dashers
Thursday 2nd April
: John's Comeback
Monday 6th April
: Two Churches, a Pulpit and a Cherry Picker
: Companions of the BOOT
: The Gale Force Choice
: The Comeback Continues
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Feet on the Greenburn Horseshoe
- BB0921 :
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: For England and St George
: The Coniston Outliers
Friday 31st July
: Little To Be Said In Favour?
: The Third Night of the Rescue
: Long Wet Windy Monty Bothy Fun?
: Dear Mrs Scroggins
Friday 11th September
: An Ard Day's Hike
Thursday 17th September
A Canter of Convalescents?
International Autumnal Expedition
Sunday 27th September
- BB0931 : A Bit of an Adventure
Thursday 1st October
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Thursday 8th October
: When Yorkshire Was Welsh
- BB0934 : Unlocking the Whinlatters
Thursday 22nd October
: A Tale of Crinkley Bottoms
: Aye Up What?
: Where Eagles Wade
: After the Floods
: The Mystery of the Missing Glove
: A Too Short Walk
: One Hundred and Onesfell
: Back to the Beginning
: BOOTskiboys in Saalbach
- 21st March
: Los Chicos
y las Chicas de la Bota
11th - 14th May
: Peaked Too Soon
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