Dove Crag from Ambleside

Sat 9 Nov 2002

Route: Ambleside - Low Sweden Bridge - Low Pike - High Pike - Dove Crag - High Bakestones - Scandale Pass - Scandale - High Sweden Bridge - Ambleside

Distance: 10.00 miles

Ascent: 2,500ft

Time: 5 hours

With: Members of the Online Fellwalking Club (OFC) and others from the 'Inaugural Meeting of the Wainwright Society'


Mild, no wind.

Alfred Wainwright in Fellwanderer'These, then were the things - a love of the fells, a desire to escape from the common round, a longstanding interest in maps and an aquired interest in drawing, an insatiable urge to look round the next corner on a trodden way if I could find one and it didn't matter if I couldn't - that caused me in the evening of November 9th 1952 to pen my first page in what I intended to be a series of seven guidebooks to the Lakeland fells, each covering a defined area, and, if you are interested, the first page I did depicted the ascent of Dove Crag from Ambleside.'

Exactly 50 years on saw the Inaugural Meeting of the Wainwright Society at Ambleside Youth Hostel followed for many by an ascent of Dove Crag.


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The Inaugural Meeting of the Wainwright Society, Eric Robson in the chair

Eric Robson with some of the attendees after the meeting

Salutation Inn, Ambleside

Nook End Farm with the Great Rigg side of the Fairfield Horseshoe behind

Ascending the track above Low Sweden Bridge

Crinkle Crags, Bowfell (with cloud in front) and Harrison Stickle from the ridge

Heading towards Low Pike

High Pike from Low Pike summit

Looking back to Low Pike

Looking forward to High Pike

Looking down on Windermere from High Pike

Little Hart Crag and the far eastern fells from High Pike summit

The wall to Dove Crag from High Pike

Approaching Dove Crag summit

Dove Crag summit cairn

Dovedale and Brothers Water from northeast of Dove Crag's summit

Dovedale and Brothers Water from northeast of Dove Crag's summit

Members of the Wainwright Society at Dove Crag's summit

Great Gable, centre, appearing out of the clouds

The view north from Dove Crag's summit towards Hart Crag and Saint Sunday Crag with Helvellyn in the distance

Windermere from High Bakestones

Little Hart Crag

Descending into Scandale from Scandale Pass

In Scandale heading back to Ambleside

Previous Walk: Slater Bridge, Hodge Close and Holme Fell (Sun 3 Nov 2002)

Next Walk: Uldale Fells (Sat 16 Nov 2002)

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