Ullscarf 'Horseshoe'

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By Jandy on 23/08/22 at 1:53pm

Hills walked:
Eagle Crag (Wainwright, Birkett, sub Dodd, Fellranger, and Synge)
Sergeant's Crag (Wainwright, Birkett, Dodd, Dewey, Fellranger, Synge, and Tump)
Ullscarf (Wainwright, Birkett, Hewitt, Nuttall, HuMP, Clem, Fellranger, Synge, Sim, and Tump)
Coldbarrow Fell - High Saddle (Birkett)
Great Crag (Stonethwaite) (Wainwright, Birkett, Fellranger, Synge, and Tump)
Grange Fell (Wainwright, Birkett, Fellranger, Synge, and Tump)
Date started:22/08/2022
Distance:18.1 km or 11.3 miles
Ascent:874m or 2867ft
Descent:875m or 2871ft
Start OSGB:NY257148
Time taken:8:28

Its quite hard going on the first section along the Cumbrian Way. Lots of loose rocks on the otherwise large path. There is bracken at the foot of Eagle Crag and a steep grass slope up to the rocks guarding the summit. You need to use hands to achieve the summit but as this was the first of the day it was mostly fun. It is an easy walk across to Sergeant's Crag with some bog. The trudge round to Ullscarf contains a lot of water and bog. Paths are feint and easily missed (as evidenced in our gpx track). The route goes under Long Crag which looks dicey on the approach but close up its easy(ish) ground. Then onwards to Ullscarf with plenty bog but nothing very difficult or any over the top of the boot incidents. This terrain continued in the same style until we arrived at Dock Tarn, incredibly pretty but I'd had enough of this walking lark by then, Great Carg is a mass of 'summits and we could not determine which was our target. Paths seem to be going all directions they are either Rocky, Heathery or Wet. I sure if you had tripped up from the valley as AW suggests it would be a magical place to explore. Crossing to grange Fell again bog but no difficulties. Just after the stile onto Pudding Stone Bank I stepped into on innocuous looking puddle and got two boot fulls of peaty water.... The day is nearly over, no matter. Ascended Grange Fell and took a picture of the correctly identified WayMaps Top from where my OS Topo said was the top. HeyHo that's happened before. This was a tough day for us

View over Bessyboot from Eagle

From Sergeant's Crag - Fleetwith Pike watches you for much of the day.

Looking at Watendlath from Great Crag

A picture of the WayMaps Summit :)

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