Given recent injuries and general lack of fitness I found myself supporting on this one along with fellow-Rucksacker Geoff. For full details of this epic walk have a look at Ian's blog. Weather turned out to be much better than expected and arriving at High Moss in the Duddon Valley on Friday night gave us stunning sunny views of the surrounding fells.
Caw from High Moss
Turner Hall Farm
Saturday morning and the walkers set off from Dunmail Raise at 7 o’clock giving me a leisurely day to prepare before meeting them at Buttermere in the afternoon.
Hindscarth in the distance from the road up to Newlands Hause
Looking up to Knott Rigg from Newlands Hause
Looking down to Buttermere with Crummock Water on the right
Traditional lakeland cottage, Buttermere
The oak trees at their very best just now – pasture down to Buttermere Lake
Buttermere Lake with Fleetwith Pike on the left
The tiny picturesque Church of St. James in Buttermere dates from 1848 and was built at the expense of the Revd Vaughan Thomas of Oxford, with stone from Sour Milk Ghyll. It boasts an antique organ, dating from 1820. In 1884 the east end was extended to make a sanctuary, with a vestry added to the north side.
The church contains a well known memorial to Alfred Wainwright on the sill of one of its a south windows which looks out over Haystacks, his favourite place and where his ashes were scattered.
Wrought ironwork on the church gate
Our next support point was at Birk Rigg, before meeting up again just after nine o’clock in the evening for fish and chips in Keswick. A few hours sleep for the support team whilst the crew battled over the tops before meeting up for breakfast in Patterdale. More to follow…