Route: Glaramara and Allen Crags

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 30th October 2019

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 7.4 miles

Ascent: 2,800 feet

Weather: A few patches of sunshine, mostly cloudy. Very windy and bitterly cold on the tops

It’s been a couple of years since I last visited Glaramara – such a beautiful name for a fell and, as Wainwright observes, these names were given by the earliest settlers, rough men, invaders and robbers, but even they ‘had poetry in their hearts’. On that occasion I’d started from Seatoller, using a different route via Thornythwaite Fell

I set off early today and after parking in Seathwaite followed the path through the farm, turning off after a short distance to start the long climb up to Glaramara via Hind Gill. The path is faint in parts and disappears altogether on several occasions but as long as the gill is kept to the left there are no difficulties. It’s a steep path in places, better tackled going up than coming down. The views are slightly restricted, but there are some wonderful retrospective views towards Great Gable and Fleetwith Pike, and these were shown well today in good light at times

Eventually Glaramara comes into sight, though there’s a sting in the tail before the summit is gained in the shape of a steep rock step where hands are needed. This can be avoided by detouring around to the right, and I took this easier option today. I didn’t linger at the summit as there was a very strong and bitterly cold wind, and without ado set off for the next target, Allen Crags

I made my way along the knobbly ridge, with numerous twists and turns. The path is faint in places, but nearer the summit a clear path emerges and passes by several attractive tarns along the way. From the summit of Allen Crags it was an easy descent to the crossroads of paths below Esk Hause where I turned right to walk towards the imposing face of Great End. The last leg of the journey was the long, but easy descent alongside Ruddy Gill and Grains Gill back to the start

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