Deepdale Horseshoe.

29th September 2012.

Another disappointing dawn on what was supposed to be the best day of the weekend.The radio predicted the better weather would kick in by late afternoon so,on that basis, Grant went back to bed and eventually started off at 4pm for a round of Helvellyn,Fairfield and St.Sunday Crag.Graeme,Alan,Bob and I had a leisurely breakfast and set off around 10am for the Deepdale Horseshoe.Along the road a short distance from the hut we turned up Grisedale and located the path leading up to Birks and St.Sunday Crag.Things were improving weatherwise all the time πŸ™‚


We were joined for the day shortly after the outset by Cathy ,pictured above,of whom more anon.

Looking down to Braesteads farm in Grisedale.


Further up the ridge.


Graeme, Cathy, Bob and Alan on top of St.Sunday Crag.


There was a chill wind blowing and it became rather dull between here and Fairfield.

Cathy down below with St.Sunday Crag in the background.


The odd shaft of light kept up our interest as in this one over Grisedale Tarn


Heading upΒ  Cofa Pike on the way to Fairfield.


Looking over to Helvellyn.


We huddled into one of the numerous stone circles for lunch and Cathy,having almost finished her Wainrights,kept the savages from north of the border right as to which hill was which πŸ™‚


We split up here with Cathy leaving for a choral concert down in Patterdale while the rest of us carried on round to Hart Crag.A view down to Coniston and the sea on the way there.


I had intended paying a visit to the Priests Hole on the way but Bob and I decided that it could wait for a midsummers bivvy.

Heading down Hartsop above How.


Beautiful autumn light over Place Fell by now rounded off an excellent day on the hills πŸ™‚


Over the years Bob and I have met them all on the hill,Tom Weir,Chris Bonington etc; but while chatting to Cathy on St.Sunday Crag it transpired that this was our first meeting with a bona fide rockstar πŸ™‚ After much interrogation she eventually admitted to having shared a stage at Glastonbury as a backing singer with one of my all time favourite songsmiths, Ray Davies of the Kinks . You can see her here as well backing him at the Electric Proms series πŸ™‚

You wait years to meet a rock star on the hill and then you meet two in a row.See the next blog entry when I get round to it πŸ™‚

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8 Responses to Deepdale Horseshoe.

  1. Nice to see the Lakes without rain………. We used to go up there a lot years ago, but we did seem to attract a good percentage of rainy summits with no views!
    And I’ve definitely never met a rock star on the hill πŸ™‚

  2. I saw Chris Evans on Grisedale Pike once – right anti-social and snobby-looking bugger he was – but he’s hardly in the same class as a rock star anyway!

    Your mate showed the beauty of walking in the Lakes instead of Scotland – you can set off and do a perfectly good walk in the evening! πŸ˜‰

    That’s a lovely round anyway – I once did a variant of it on the cheaper rate 4 hour parking ticket from Glenridding – had to run all the way back down Grisedale and over Keldas (Lanty’s Tarn) to the carpark on the way back!

  3. Hopefully the other rockstar meeting you’re tantalising us with was a really good-looking male one, with a super-fit bod and you got a great photo of him! πŸ˜‰

  4. McEff says:

    Ah, the Priest’s Hole on Dove Crag. Twice I’ve bivvied there waiting for the sunrise – and twice the clouds have rolled in just before dawn. Perhaps if I’d been a priest, or even slightly religious, things might have been different. Say your prayers before you go, Alex.
    Cheers, Alen

    • Going by the recent newspaper articles I reckon if you had been a priest then you would probably have had a young boy or two along to take your mind off the disappointment of the early morning cloud πŸ™‚

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