Another classic. Ascending from the car park at the top of Wast Water, up via the tourist track. Weather was a bit better than the previous day with some breaks in the loud at times.
It was busy on the way up with a number of large groups slogging up and blocking the path so not the most pleasant route. At the top there were a fair number of people around so again I didn’t bother to set up the main antenna but instead just activated it from the rubber duck on the handheld.
I soon made seven contacts before heading back down. As an alternative we tried to find the route down via Mickledore and Broad Stand but ended up coming back onto the tourist trail as that route was in thick cloud.
Helvellyn via Striding Edge. A lakeland classic, it needs no introduction. Starting from the main car park in the centre of Glenridding, up via Striding Edge around the top and back down via Swirral Edge.
Even though we did the walk in June it was still wet and windy on top. Visibility was no more than 50m and the views were non existent. I didn’t set up the main antenna as I was able to qualify just using the rubber duck on the handheld.
Seat Sandal was a nice bonus summit. We were meant to be driving home from the Lakes on the Sunday but I managed to slip this one in on the way past.
Parking is not ideal being on the side of the main A591 route through the Lake District but there is a lay by with room for a few cars. If this is full there is another lay by on the other side or the road just to the North a little way.
Access is over the stile in the lay by and then follow the road North until Raise Beck. Initially the path is not clear as there are many options created by the sheep. Choose whichever seems the best option heading for the very obvious gully. Once you reach the gully then just follow the wall up until you reach the remains of the old boundary fence, This is quite obvious as it has bits of iron fence post still protruding from the ground. Here turn right and follow the old boundary wall to the top. There is a fairly easy, if steep, path alongside the wall to the top.
There is plenty of room at the top to set up the station, there is both a large summit cairn and a shelter, either of which are suitable. On the day I did this summit it was also one of the 2m backpacker contest days so rather than calling CQ Sota I entered the contest. I only had limited time on the top but managed to squeeze in eight contacts in half an hour operating during which time I logged stations as far away as the Isle of White and into Scotland. See the contest map below.
Overall I was very pleased with this and only wished I had the time to work the full four hours of the contest.
The return route is simply a reverse of the route up so shouldn’t be a problem. If you have more time than I did you may like to take in Grisedale Tarn which is just beyond the saddle.
Although the weather was lovely for most of the day, half way back down the clouds gathered and after a nearby clap of thunder the heaven opened, needles to say by the time we got back to the car we both got absolutely soaked and what had been dry stream beds on the way up were now running off the side of the mountain.
A weekend in the Lake District and a chance to do a couple of Sota summits. On the Saturday we went up Skiddaw. The weather was favourable forecast as a clear day with occasional showers and cloud above the summit.
We chose the shorter route, starting from the car park East of Applethwaite (CA12 4PH). This can get busy so on a good day it’s worth getting in early.
The path up to Skiddaw summit is very obvious and well frequented. You won’t travel up alone!
There is the option to also bag the summit of Little Man, I chose to do it on the way back down so bypassed it on the way up.
On a clear day as expected the views are stunning. As you gain altitude Derwent water will emerge below you as the main summit of Skiddaw appears above you.
At the summit there is plenty of room to set up the station. I found a spot to the NE of the cairn with just enough grass to get the pegs into. The summit will be busy so it is best to be far enough away from it so as to not annoy other visitors.
There was plenty of activity on the bands and I soon had eighteen entries in the log including a couple of summit to summits. All to soon it was time to pack up and after a bit of lunch to head back down to the car park. On the way down I took in the summit of Little Man, not a Sota summit but a nice bonus on the side.
On reaching the car park we were welcomed by the sight of a small van selling ice creams and soft drinks which was a welcome finale to a lovely day walking.