Date & Time: Saturday 22nd March 2008, 3 pm start.
Location of Start : Bleach Green Cottage car park, Ennerdale, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 085 153 )
Places visited : Ennerdale Weir, Anglers Crag, Robin Hood's Chair and back.
Walk details : 2.75 mls, 750 ft of ascent, 2 hrs.Highest point : Anglers Crag, 800 ft (246m)
Walked with : Cathy and Richard, Jack, Matthew, Sam and Alexander, Ann and the dogs, Theo and Saffie, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : A fine winter's afternoon, sunshine with high cloud. Recent snow on the tops.
The National Trust sign near the start of the walk
With a free day at last coinciding with good weather, and with the grandchildren up for Easter, we pick a simple route for an afternoon walk that suits the needs of some and the ability of others.
Anglers Crag alongside Ennerdale Water is a great little walk but one that has good views for everyone to enjoy.
Matthew, Sam and Jack wait at the entrance to the busy Ennerdale Lake car park at the start of the walk.
A fine Oak Tree stands guard as we approach the lake.
Richard (dad) follows the three boys up to the bridge, but our route is off to the right .
Anglers Crag is the first minor peak on the slopes of Crag Fell.
The valley of Ennerdale continues up beyond the head of the Lake
and the peaks of Red Pike and High Stile are high enough to have gathered and kept some of the pre-Easter snow.
The fish ladder at the weir, with heather covered Herdus and Great Borne behind.
A close up across the weir as we look up the valley.
Our route follows the steeply rising path to the right of the picture.
Family Photo: Ann, Jack, Richard, Matthew and Sam, with Cathy and Alexander in front.
Alexander aged three in February had walked all the way up.
The extensive view from the top now includes Pillar, Steeple and Scoat Fell on the right as well as the High Stile Ridge seen earlier.
A fine Juniper tree on the opposite side of the crag before we make our way back down to the lakeside.
Rather than go straight down the normal path we took a slight diversion across to a level outcrop thinking it might have been an old mine spoil heap.
Once we got there it appeared not to be the case as there was no sign of an old drift mine entrance, but this area was mined at one time for iron ore.
One of the great things about fast moving weather is the way the light is constantly changing.
Sun on the snowy ridge suddenly contrasted with the dark skies behind to give this close-up of Red Pike and High Stile.
On the opposite side of the valley Pillar Fell, the flattish top of Black Crag and the pointed summit of Steeple to the right.
A close up of Pillar Fell, unfortunately the famous Pillar Rock hardly visible from this angle.
Making our way down, the sun was also shining on Bowness Knott and Great Borne across the lake.
Sam leads the way along the lakeside path, part of the circular route round Ennerdale Water.
The map names the corner as Robin Hood's Chair but I'm not aware of any one particular feature that claims the name.
However this sheep was claiming the high ground as we passed close by.
Looking back up the lake, the fells are really standing out today.
Matthew on the "Kirby Step"
This is a purely personal name I gave this elevated section, having convinced a friend of mine that the lakeside path was level all the way round.
He was not expecting this unplanned rise and fall at the end of his lake side walk. Do you think he has forgiven us yet ?
Back to the lake side again, Alexander wants to play on the beach.
" Let's go down next to the water and throw stones "
Hold the cursor over the picture and join in !
Our route rejoined our outward path and led back past the memorial seat on the site of the old Anglers Hotel near the weir.
A great afternoon walk in Ennerdale.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Canon G7 or Ann's Ixus Digital cameras.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a handful of stones and some water.
Previous walk - 21st March 2008 A local Scale Hill Walk
A previous time up here - 27th January 2008 Four go to Crag Fell