Sunday 31 March 2019

My Last Synge* and A Circuit of Ennerdale Water

* Except for Pillar Rock....What a pain!
Early start for me this morning, I arrived at Bleach Green car park before 9am to be greeted by a cold breeze and a low sun. I had just the one Synge left (other than Pillar Rock) Boat How, nestled under Boat How Crag to the South of Ennerdale Water. I'd mulled over several methods of ascent, but decided to go via Anglers Crag.

I soon reached Anglers Crag, here looking across the saddle to Crag Fell. 

And here looking up Ennerdale

From Anglers Crag I contoured across some horrendous pathless terrain to reach this point.I had made a bad route choice, seduced by the promise of a path I'd seen on Google Earth!
My quarry is Boat How, the shadowy hump to the left of the trees in the image.

Another selfie...this is becoming a habit!
I felt justified as this was my last Synge 647 of the blighters...Yea I Know, except Pillar Rock. Anglers Crag is below me in the middle distance. All those miles thrashing through heather, bog and bracken to reach a point on the map that most folk have never even heard of! I've enjoyed it though, I'm always happier visiting somewhere new....even if it might not be as good (and that's subjective of course)as the more popular hills/destinations.  

I made a direct descent to the shore of Ennerdale Water.
And found....a lone tree! Who knew it!! It's a better one than the Buttermere Tree IMHO...more difficult to access though.
Starling Dodd is the hill framed between its branches.

As I approached the head of the lake the wind had dropped, there were flies everywhere taking advantage of the warm morning no doubt.
This view is looking Northwest to Herdus Scaw or Great Borne

As I headed back towards the North shore, the sun had disappeared and the sky was overcast. I dropped down beside the River Liza to take a photo looking back at Pillar.

Lots of Primroses in the woods now.

Its a lovely flat walk from just below Bowness back to the car park, it would be absolutely packed if it were at a central Lakes honeypot. It gives great views across the lake to Crag Fell.

This photo was taken of Herdus (Great Borne) and Bowness Knott close to the site of the old "Fish Inn" long since demolished. It would have been a bit of a money spinner today!
Just a short stroll from here to the car park, another great day.
Time to turn my sights to other objectives...What I could really do with is a benefactor with afilling station! :-))

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