September in the Lake District - Barrow, Outerside, Scar Crags and Causey Pike
Having decided not to add Causey Pike to our route up Robinson, Knott Rigg and Ard Crags in April, I was keen to go up and see what it was like. There were also a couple of other Wainwright's to capture, Scar Crags, which you get can get to on route to Causey Pike, and Outerside, which we had missed on a previous walk.
So we decided on a walk starting from Braithwaite, that saw us walk up Barrow (456m), which we had previously visited, before walking up Outerside (568m), across and up to Scar Crags (672m), back along the ridge to Causey Pike (637m) and back down to Braithwaite - a walk of 7.5 miles.
The weather on this particular Saturday was not the best. The forecast for the weekend had been terrible, with up to 4.5 inches of rain forecast for the highest peaks over Saturday and Sunday. It didn't turn out to be that bad, but on the Saturday it was particularly windy, and quite gloomy. So much so that I really didn't take many photos at all.
I grabbed this picture of dramatic light over Derwent Water as we climbed up Barrow.
The top of Barrow was quite windy, but nothing by comparison to the top of Outerside. It was hard to stand up let alone take photos. Looking across to the higher ridge Scar Crags, we wondered what it would be like. Four of our party decided to go back at this time (using Ben the dog as an excuse!!) but four of us decided to continue.
Ironically, it seemed less windy (although still more than a bit breezy) on the higher ridge and we were really pleased we decided to carry on. Although it remained gloomy, the views were magnificent, and we could clearly see many of the ridges we have walked on previous trips. It hadn't occurred to me until then, but this is the highest of a series of parallel ridges. On previous trips the view in one direction was always halted by one of the other ridges. But now we could see in all directions. And the summit of Causey Pike has a complete 360 degree view. I would love to go back when the light is better.
These images show the approach to Causey Pike from Scar Crags.
There were good views over to Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw.
The views towards and beyond Causey Pike are magnificent.
But the views back over Arg Crags and surrounding fells are equally good.
This shot shows the view back to Scar Crags from Causey Pike.
But the most dramatic light was over Ard Crags and to the fells beyond.
For more images of this walk please go to the Causey Pike gallery here.
For the view of Causey Pike from Ard Crags, please go to the blog page for our walk back in April here.