Sunday, 21 July 2019

Two nights wild camping on a loop from Ravenglass.July 2019

Id not been out for a few wks so with a supposed cool wknd i thought id have a trip out before a family holiday.I took the train up the coast and leaving the train headed for the beach,to start this walk 

It was lovely to be walking through a big old forest and then pick up this for a short while 

If you watch the video,i heard a big fight going on in the forest, it was warm in the forest so i gave up getting any closer to it,but if anyone can recognise the noise,id love to know-all i could get was what sounded like some Magpies,but there was much more going on 

 I spotted this tower as i made my way up out of the valleys,but the ground to it was some really tough rough going,but what a view.The peak was aptly named Station Tower 554ft 

I picked up some more little peaks on my way to Devoke water and was treated to a buzzard or two and then a pair of Perigne falcons, i think.More rough ground helped me decide to camp at Devoke after 11miles,so after filtering some water..Sawyer Micro....i carried up my 2 litres of camp water to the summit of Water crag for my first camp 

I took my Trailstar inner on this trip to use,and it worked really well under the Duomid 

It was a great place to camp and i hadnt seen a soul since leaving Ravenglass,apart from a few cars,when i had to cross the road bridge 

 Distant low cloud in the valleys gave some lovely views and slowly came in to cover me up,which helped keep the temp down as i wondered through the mist over these nice small peaks 

I stopped on Station pike for a snack and drink and got a shock at a sudden noise just behind me ,there had been loads of Pie wagtails around the summit area and a Kestrel had swooped for one,but just missed,it was just me on the summit cairn after that !

The temp had been creeping up all morning added to the rough ground i was drinking water like a fish.After Hesk fell i crossed the Birker fell road and collected some more peaks before dropping back into the valley via Stanley falls 

The temp in the valley was up to 24c so i went to the King George for more fluids,the first two didnt help so i went back and had another 2....Ten pounds well spent 

 Today was a long day,18.5m, and the heat wasnt helping so it took some map work and luck to find some water,which i knew id have to carry the last 2 mile to camp

 But it was so worth carrying the water as it turned into a cracking sunset,pitched on Hooker crag with the sea on one side and the whole of Lakeland on the other 

Two cracking meals on this trip from the peeps at Basecamp foods, both were soon demolished 

It had been along tough/warm day but it was great pitch up with a nice breeze blowing just across the front door,as i ate and drank some brews 

The last morning was dry again,so after a few brews i made my way off the ridge of Muncaster fell and down past the lovely Muncaster tarn

On the way too breakfast i passed the Roman Bath house,just outside the village 

An excellent cup of coffee and and breakfast at the Little Ratty cafe,which was still quiet at 9-30 am then the train back home 

The route came in at 34 miles and around 7-8000ft of ascent,if anyone wants the gpx files just ask 

Heres a video i did of the trip and thanks for looking,safe travels Peter



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