Tuesday, 14 June 2011

June 2011 - Buttermere to Coniston & Kentmere Horseshoe

14 June 2011
5  days camping, which at least 2 will be wild camping, walking 10 -15 miles per day.

Walking from Buttermere to Coniston.

Doing it this way will save multiple trips travelling over 700 miles round trip from Suffolk to complete the Nuttalls in the Western & Southern Fells.

So far I have made 11 trips to visit 126 Nuttalls out of 171. There are 18 new tops on this walk
Booked return train ticket to Windermere 14 June - 22 June so hopefully will mop up Eastern Fells as well. Depends on weather really
DAY01 (Wednesday 15 June 2011)
After a relaxing day travelling to Windermere by train and then on to Buttermere by bus via Keswick, todays walk will be a baptism of fire, aiming to cover over 16 miles from Cragg Farm Bunkbarn in Buttermere to wild campsite somewhere between Lank Rigg (NY 09166 11957) and Iron Crag [Ennerdale Fell] (NY 12326 11918), depending on water source.

Route actually walked
They say "Fail to plan, plan to fail" so if you read all of this page you will wonder what could possibly go wrong?
Have a look at trip report for day01 to find out more.
I am not saying it is not worth reading the rest of the plan as even now it is a perfectly good plan.
Suffice to say there will not be any further references to routes actually walked from this page.

DAY02 (Thursday 16 June 2011)
Assuming I covered the 16 miles yesterday, a slightly shorter 14 miles to walk to Wasdale Head today. Plan (b) if I do not is to miss ot the Yewbarrow's and go straight to wasdale Head along the road and visit them on Day03 instead of walking to Langdale, thereby extending the total walk to 6 days.
I have set a target of 5 days for the total walk so I have 2 days free at the end to bag tops on Kentmere Horseshoe and Sledale Fells, near Windermere on Monday & Tuesday, but these 2 days are really contingency if conditions (especially weather) stop me maintaiing the required pace.

DAY03 (Friday 17June 2011)
Slightly easier day today walking from Wasdale Head to Great Langdale. This walk will mop up the 2 unvisited peaks of Seathwaite Fell South Top and Rossett Pike. Also have chance at end of day to stock up on carbs and calories at the Great Langdale NT campsite shop as well as a rest from the freeze dried mountainhouse food.
DAY04 (Saturday 18 June 2011)
Penultimate day hopefully, leaving Langdale and heading for Crinkle Crags last visited 2 years ago. Difference this time is that I am walking them north-south meaning I will be descending the "Bad Step". Sounds like fun with backpacking 60 kilos!

After Pike of Blisco will wander between Cold Pike tops and on to Stonesty Pike then on to Harter Fell via various Wainwrights and Birketts. No marked paths on OS Explorer so expect to have to pick own route unless paths exist on ground.

Finish day wild camping around Himming House, location depending on days progress, water source and sheltered spot.


Day 05  (Sunday 19 June 2011)
Hopefully am still on schedule by this stage, with about 11 miles walk today to Torver.

In terms of both distance and ascent today is the easiest day.

We will see.

All being well out of the 31 Nuttalls visited 18 are new taking total to 199.

If I am on schedule will get a taxi from Torver to Kentmere to do Kentmere horseshoe monday and Sledale Fells on Tuesday taking total Nuttalls bagged to over 200 with less than 50 to do.

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