I knew the weather forecast was gloomy and it was also a very
windy drive north. I reached Mosedale in the rain and drove a
short way along the road towards Grainsgill, turned round and
parked on the verge. With full waterproofs on I set off walking
west in the rain until I reached Roundhouse and the footbridge
over the River Caldew. I looked up through the driving rain and
up to the cloud above and the path towards Bowscale Tarn. I was
half thinking of walking up to the tarn and cutting the walk
short by descending the tarn access track. At the tarn I sat
down by the outlet stream and had my butties for an early
Start of the walk.
Footbridge over the River Caldew
I decided to continue climbing the steep path up the west rim of
the tarn crater and see what the weather was doing up there. I
felt much better about things on the climb even though it was
very windy at the start. At the top of the steep bit the rain
eased and I continued up the fell towards the summit stone
shelter on Bowscale Fell. The wind was strong and I was in mist
but the rain stopped. Over the top I continued straight on
towards the cross path area.
Bannerdale East Ridge.
I turned left down the straight path coming up from Mungrisdale.
I was soon below the cloud and had a full view of Bannerdale
below. Some people were coming up as I descended. I stopped to
chat to one man who was heading over towards Blencathra. In
Mungrisdale I reached the road and headed north back towards
Mosedale. I stopped to photographe St Kentigern church and went
in through the gate to get a better perspective. The church door
has always been locked on previous visits but I gave it a try,
just in case. It was open so I went inside for a look and a few
snaps. Outside I enjoyed the final mile along a dry road through
Bowscale and Mosedale Bridge.