BB1816 : Now is the Season, Tarn, Tarn, Tarn

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Bryan, who also leads walks for the rather more serious Kendal Fellwalkers A Team said “I'm planning to get out and recce a walk I'm leading in June. It's the first part of a route called the Charnley Way. Although it's an A, it's a relatively easy one - 13 miles and 3,500 ft. You could do it as a BOOTboys walk, making it easier by leaving out the Esk Pike bit (makes it about 11.5 and 3,000).  I could skip lunch and catch you up on the way down Langstrath?" 

Brian and Terry responded to the challenge.  Terry reports:

An early start picking up Bryan and Brian, we were in Borrowdale, parked and kitted ready to set off by 9:15, on what was to prove, a glorious day in the Lakes.

A gentle (ish) incline took us to our first target of Glaramara. Looking back we were rewarded with clear views over the valley to Derwent Water and Skiddaw beyond.

Looking forward we could see a text book hanging valley complete with drumlins.

We reached the cairn by 11:00 and could clearly see Honister Quarry, Great Gable and the Langdale Pikes. Once again Bryan patiently took us through the skyline identifying all the major fells (actually the minor ones too!). Maybe one day I’ll finally remember them (or not).

Onward to Allen Crags and making sure we stopped off at a couple of fondly remembered Hardacre landmarks.

First was Combe Tarn where Bryan had swum with a lady celebrating her 60th birthday by swimming in 60 different tarns with 60 different friends (not on the same day).

Close by was High House Tarn, which was the first tarn Bryan and his pal had swum in.

After reaching Allen Crags, we descended and parted, Bryan heading for Esk Pike and Brian and I for Angle Tarn. This was to enable Bryan to complete his recce and for us to have a leisurely lunch and rendez-vous at the tarn.

Well it was such a sunny and warm day and with plenty of time, how could I not take to opportunity to strip off and plunge into Angle Tarn. Brrrrr, however so refreshing and drying off over lunch was perfect.

In less than an hour Bryan rejoined us by the tarn and after a micro lunch, we set off for the ‘long valley’. Which certainly is an understatement! The pathway snakes down Langstrath with more z bends than a Swiss alpine pass and for what seemed like miles; because it was.

We were entertained watching a guy try to gain height on his paraglide, but only briefly. He was mostly on the ground pulling and tugging strings (ropes?) with a distinct  lack of success. I think it really is harder than it looks.

The long trudge continued, finally joining up with the Cumbrian Way and passing Blackmoss Pot where several youngsters were enjoying ‘cliff’ jumping into Langstrath Beck.

Joining the road to Stonethwaite, we were back at the car park by 5:30am and home by 7:00. Altogether a grand day out, with Bryan being our excellent leader.

Terry, Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Bonus Pictures



It's good to know that Terry is upholding the tradition of skinny dipping in Angle Tarn.  Pity we have no photo of the happening. You can see (a lot of) Graham doing the same thing on BB0407 !

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BB1816 : Now is the Season, Tarn, Tarn, Tarn


Wednesday 23rd May 2018


Glaramara, Allen Crags
+ Esk Pike (Bryan)


Brian & Terry


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