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Strands Bridge, Borrowdale Fells, Borrowdale Banksy, Tarn at Leaves, Bessyboot, Big Stranger Gill, Stonethwaite , Cumbria.
[10.6 km] Wed 20 Apr 2022

OS Grid ref: NY 26043 13912
Lat/Long: 54.515088, -03.143919

I was blessed with a calm clear sky for my drive north along the M6. Just north of Preston a clear red sun rose. I parked south of the school at Stonethwaite then started my walk by heading back via the church, farmyard and campsite then along the road to Strands Bridge. I turned left up the track then up the path towards Glaramara, though that isn’t my objective today.

 A lovely morning in Borrowdale.
The good weather continued as I climbed Thornythwaite Fell above Raven Crag. My main objective is to try and find the stone artwork circle locally called the ‘Borrowdale Banksy’. Armed with just a paper print of a photo I’d seen on the internet I climbed higher to try and find the location.

Jet training.

Jet training.
The background of the photo showed the location of several features to the north so all I had to do was climb higher then east to try and align features. On the way up I watched jets on manoeuvres. Usually they come in twos but this time there were 4. Higher up I left the main path and headed east to find alignment. Eventually I found the line but it seemed to be too high. Peering down a series of steep slopes I eventually found a stone wall below. Further searching showed the feature was built into the wall. I climbed down and there it was.
First view of the artwork.

 View to Skiddaw in the distance
My objective was to i

 Borrowdale Banksy

 Thanks to Maree for letting me use this photo of her framed in stone.
She came up the hard way via the rock climb below.

I found an easier way out by following the wall upwards then across a stream and waterfall and up to easier ground. I continued east across easy ground with the occasional sign of a path. Eventually I reached the main path to Tarn at Leaves then up towards Bessyboot and down Big Stranger Gill.

Tarn at Leaves

 Below Bessyboot.
I’ve only used the gill to climb up but now I had the relentless steep stepped path down into the woods to reach the track by the campsite where they advertised car parking at £5 for the day. I walked back through Stonethwaite to my car where every available parking space was occupied. Mine was the only car when I arrived.
Above Langstrath.
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