Central Fells

Central Fells

Central Lake District

Route: Armboth Fell, High Tove, High Seat and Bleaberry Fell

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 11th July 2013

Walkers: Andrew and James (and Gilly for half the walk)

Distance: 7.1 miles

Ascent: 2,000 feet

We’d been up here before but had put off another visit for years, as these fells have a dreadful reputation for bogginess, and rightly so. However, it had been dry and hot for a couple of weeks so we thought it was a good time to try this walk. We had no problems at all. There were a few juicy spots but we returned dryshod

We parked by the shore of Thirlmere and started to climb alongside our intended route beside Launchy Gill. The good path must have diverted us away from the gill, since after a while we were some distance away from it, but decided to persevere onwards and upwards. The going got very steep and rough, and there was no path, but eventually we made it to the ridge and gained our first summit – Armboth Fell (1,570 feet).

We then made our way across to High Tove (1,665 feet) and just before the top spotted a small herd of red deer. At this point Gilly descended back to Thirlmere in order to take the car round to Ashness Bridge, where James and I would end the walk. This enabled the two of us to visit two more tops – High Seat (1,995 feet) and Bleaberry Fell (1,932 feet)

The descent from Bleaberry Fell gave us wonderful views of Derwent Water, and we made our way down to Ashness Bridge – where, as if by magic, Gilly was waiting for us with the car. What great timing, and what a great walk

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