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The Mountain with the Shieling by a Ravine by gleavem
April 29, 2010, 11:17 am
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Doves Nest

Better known as Glaramara, “the mountain with the shieling (hut) by a ravine” was the first walk of our Easter week in the Lakes.  We spent the week in Doves Nest cottage in Borrowdale, which was a perfect starting point for a trip up Glaramara. 

View from front of cottage 2

The path alongside Combe Gill started practically outside our door and so was very easy to find.  We were soon ascending gently with Combe gill rushing past below us; following a morning of rain the gill was fast and furious.  As we climbed to wind also became fast and furious, with some very strong gusts, making conversation almost impossible without shouting.  We continued up Thornythwaite fell, occasionally (and happily) stumbling upon more sheltered sections of path.  With the wind so strong, and as a we weren’t familiar with the summit we decided not to try to reach the top and instead hoped to find the path down alongside Hind Gill. 

Windy Sid

Now I have a confession to make; for the first time in a long time we sort of got lost, or at least we weren’t confident exactly where we were on the map.  Looking back I think we’d probably reached the gap between Capell crag and Raven crag (maybe a little farther).  As we did so the wind became so strong I could barely stand up… definitely time to turn around!!  I never like having to retrace my steps, but on this occasion we had no choice, as we headed back we kept an eye out for any alternative paths, but none appeared.  Obviously this wasn’t the most successful walk we’ve ever done, but we did get some good views and we did enjoy the part of the walk we managed, and we know Glaramara will be there for another time (and I’m sure we’ll try again on a less windy day).   I guess I should rename this post “Ascent of Thornythwaite Fell”.

View from Thornythwaite fell 2