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Border End wild camp 

5th & 6th July 2014

I found my self at a bit of a loose end on Saturday as the function I was at,  which I expected to last all day finished in the early afternoon so I chucked my camping gear in the car and shot up to a longtime favourite spot in the Lakes. I know Mr. Wainwright said that you should have a definite destination and shouldn't just aimlessly ramble but that's just what I did and I have to say I really enjoyed it.

Looking back to the little parking space right at the top of Hard Knott Pass.

First view of the Scafells as you climb up to Raven Crag.

The view back over the top of Wrynose Pass.

The full Scafell group with Slight Side on the left then Scafell then Broad Stand and the col of Mickledore leading up to Scafell Pike then Broad Crag and Ill Crag. 

Raven Crag tarn.

Bowfell catches the evening sun.

Harter Fell over the tarn.

After putting up my tent I went for a wander over to the summit of Border End, from where I got this view of the river Esk plunging down from Throstle Garth.

Eskdale Needle. I was to go and have a closer look in the morning.

Evening cloud now on Bowfell.

A few pictures of the sunset from Border End



Shows over for tonight. The two big fells are Seatallen on the left and Haycock on the right.

The Scafells again as I make my way back to my tent for tea.

Tea had to wait when I saw this view. Crinkle Crags and Little Stand form the horizon.

Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man  from the tent.

Harter Fell again with the moon reflected in the tarn.

And the same view in the morning

I love this camp site!

The only disadvantage of camping by the tarn is that you cant see the Scafells from the tent so I walked up the hill a bit to see what they were up to.

I spent a wonderful few minutes just watching the clouds swirl around the tops.

A big bank of cloud was covering the Coniston fells. But the low morning sun is lighting up the River Duddon

After a leisurely breakfast it was time to pack up and wander back over to the top of Border End

It looks a lovely sunny morning in Eskdale

A close up of Hard Knott fort.

Upper Eskdale from Border End.

I have seen Eskdale needle from above and below before so today I thought I would see it from close up. Esk Pike is the fell behind.

And this is as close as I got. I had no illusions of trying to climb it.

After visiting the needle I climbed up to Hard Knott from where I could see my camp site.

There was a smattering of rain as I said goodbye to the scafells and made my way back down.

The cloud has lifted from the Coniston fells now

And it looks quite nice over Devoke water.


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