GLARAMARA - 22.11.2014

Leader Roger reports -

GLARAMARA WITH A GREAT END

 

Starting from Stonethwaite we climbed via Stanger Gill up to Bessyboot and had some views down Borrowdale before wandering over towards Glaramara. Wainwright describes this as being much marshy,  trackless and confusing ground thus dangerous country in mist though conditions have improved a little since then! Passing by Tarn at Leaves and following a fence path brought us to Cam Crag and then a short window of sunshine lit up Langstrath reflecting the excess water in the valley. Keeping on easy ground and avoiding crags we eventually found our way to the top of Glaramara without using the rocky staircase.

 

The ridge to Allen Crags did not offer any views as we descended to Esk Hause for lunch in the shelter. We then followed the main path towards Scafell Pike branching off at Calf Cove for the short but steep climb to Great End and down tricky boulders with a few cairns to the top of Cust's Gulley. From just below a more direct descent lead to the main path above Sprinkling Tarn followed by Styhead Tarn on the way to Stockley Bridge, Seathwaite and finally field footpaths back to Stonethwaite as light began to fade.