28th Dec 03 - Sour Milk Gill, Easedale Tarn
and Blea Rigg
Woke up to cold day and bright skies. Wonderful. Selected walk from Lakeland Walker which was said to be "7.5miles and 4-5 hours - Moderate".
Started at the car park in the Easedale Road and headed along Sour Milk Gill to Easedale Tarn. We were meant to go on to Stickle Tarn but decided to take a short cut to Blea Rigg. This is c2000ft. It was a scramble and obviously we crossed the snow line. It was really fantastic BUT the snow had covered all the paths - which are difficult to determine at the best of times. So we had a pretty scary 30 minutes when we did think we were lost!
However, we found the ridge path again. As we were then already 3 hours into the walk we decided to cut down across Blindtarn Moss and back. It took over 4 hrs for the "abbreviated" walk...I reckon the full walk is 10 miles. However, it really would be marvelous on a summer's day when you were not worried about a looming blizzard or running out of light at 2.30pm!
|Atop Great Castle How - about 2000ft|
|Across Easedale towards Helvellyn|
|Sour Milk Gill at its very start out of Easedale Tarn at about 1000ft|
|Easedale Tarn as we start our ascent to Blea Crag|
|Elizabeth with Blea Crag (2000ft) beyond||Richard with his new boots...and his new socks from Sarah for Xmas. Guaranteed for 1000 miles...so only 993 to go!|
|Cottage at Goody Bridge at end of walk with the sun setting and illuminating the fells. Wouldn't have wanted to be out any later.|