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23 May 2006 @ 12:00 pm
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Place: Castlerigg Fell, Cumbria, England.

Castlerigg Fell is east of Derwent Water. I walked up to High Seat on Castlerigg Fell and then north to Bleaberry Fell, before I turned back to the car, down by Ashness Farm. This map shows the area of the walk.

Date: May 23, 2006
Weather: Partly cloudy at first, then it rained and got very windy. I wasn't keen on getting the camera wet so I stopped taking photos once it had started raining in earnest. Consequently there aren't that many photos on this page and they're all from the way up onto the fell.

Ashness Brook next to the footpath was lovely with its dappled sunshine on mossy boulders.

Once I had gotten above the tree tops I took a photo looking north-eastward. That's the town of Portinscale you can see at the northern side of Derwent Water. Portinscale is west of Keswick. In fact the two towns are almost joined.

Portinscale, Closer
The same view but zoomed in a bit more. You can see the boats in the lake outside Portinscale. The lake behind Portinscale is Bassenthwaite Lake. Keswick is behind the hill to the right.

Looking up I realised that some of the boulders were not like the others. That's because they were sheep. This was one of many false summits on my way up to High Seat.

When I'd come to the top of this one, I was rewarded with a glimpse of Keswick in the distance. That's Latrigg behind Keswick.

Another view of Portinscale, from a little bit higher up on the fell

Bad Weather
Bad weather is moving in from the south. This is the reason why there are so few photos on this page. Once the heavy rain had caught up with me, I packed away the camera.

Blue Sky
Looking north, in the direction I was going, the weather was still nice and sunny. I was thinking of turning around but given that I'd turned around the day before and that I had weather proof clothing, I decided against it. I'm glad I did. Even if I couldn't take pictures on the way down and I got pretty wet despite good clothing, it was still an exhilarating experience to be high up there and look at the other hill tops and the clouds coming in.

This is looking north from near the trig point on High Seat.

Trig Point
Finally, the trig point itself. After lots of false summits, it was good to know for sure that I was where I thought I was.

Looking north-eastwards, the cloud cover is getting denser. The hills look lovely in this shot, I think.

Far below me is Derwent Water with Portinscale and Bassenthwaite Lake. The Latrigg hills are on the right and Whinlatter on the left.

My very last photo of the day shows the same view with some crags in the foreground.

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