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Legburthwaite (nr Thirlmere), Fisherplace Gill waterfall, Brown Crag. Thirlspot, Cumbria.
[6.4 km] Tue 07 Sep 2021

 
OS Grid ref: NY 31778 18954
Lat/Long: 54.561088, -03.055122

It was foggy on the M6 and also along most of the A66 on my drive to return to Legburthwaite and Stanah. The Penrith end of the A66 was coned off to one lane and 30mph with cameras at either end. I couldnít see any evidence of roadworks. I parked in the old bit of road by the A591 leaving my car under a tree as sunshine is forecast for later. I set off up the road via Stanah and up to the waterfall on Stanah Gill then along the path south towards Fisherplace Gill.
Looking up Stanah Gill.
 

 High Rigg and Skiddaw in the distance.
 

Jet training above Thirlmere.

Jet training above Thirlmere.

 Clearing weather on the climb.
The ferns were as tall as me and with the foggy start they were covered in moisture. As expected I was soon quite wet but not too bothered as I knew the sun would dry things later. It was still quite hazy low down but over the bridge I reached the minor path heading up by Fisherplace Gill and set off through more deep ferns. It was steep but steady and when I reached the waterfall I climbed down the gassy bank to the base of the impressive fall. The light was difficult as I was in shade but the camera wide angle lens picked up the sunlit higher ground. Itís a view that needs overcast weather and ideally a tripod. I took a few photos and returned to the path where I soon reached the gate and left the deep ferns behind and I was out on the open fell.

Waterfall on Fisherplace Gill.

Waterfall on Fisherplace Gill.

 From and old camp site looking towrds Skiddaw.
I was following a path up that I was on last week. The map is inconclusive where it leads and today I wasn't going all the way up, just to the base of Brown Crag. The sun had now risen high enough to reach the fell. Earlier Iíd seen a couple of jets out practicing over Thirlmere Reservoir which was lost in a covering of mist.. I left the path and headed up the grassy side of Brown Crag. My objective was a promonery that was the site of one of my camps on 19th Jan 2006.
Looking down to Thirlmere.

 Great Gable in the distance.
I reached it from the gps coordinates and it was certainly a fine position with great views, but unfortunately no mobile phone signal. I had more climbing to do as I headed up to the top of Brown Crag and the site of another old camp from 23rd Mar 2006. This was another excellent viewpoint but no water nearby. When I camped here in 2006 the ground was covered in snow so I melted that. I started my steep descent to the west where there was a faint path but nothing shown on the map.
I eventually joined the main path and headed north across boggy ground. I was heading for the Kingís Head Hotel which I could see below by the main road but lower down the path was deep in ferns and I took a wrong turn and found myself heading south and away from the correct route. Instead of retracing my steps I followed a dry gill down to a wall below. At the wall was a faint path which I joined to connect with the correct route. Down through the farmyard a reached the Kingís Head then a walk along the busy main road back to my car.
Kings Head Hotel.
 
   
 
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