Seatoller to Langdale with Atrium Aviation

10 07 2013

A couple of months ago I was contacted by Mark Hiller of Atrium Aviation in order to assist on one of his annual walks. It was clear from the offset that Mark already had a high level of experience with the Lake District, and that he was searching for something particularly special for the first of this years walks. What was great about this group is that they wanted a linear walk that finished in a pub, fantastic!

Over the following months we ran through route options until we landed on the one that we completed yesterday, and what a mighty fine choice it was.

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I met the group of 9 outside the Keswick Hotel and we were then transported the short way down the Borrowdale Valley to Seatoller. The weather was continuing it’s fine form and even at 8am you could tell it was going to be a hot one!

We started through the vegetation as we made our way to the base of Thornythwaite Fell, the western arm like spur that comes off of Glaramara’s northern flanks. Everyone made good progress up this initial slope, and we stopped every so often to cool off in the small breeze that was blowing, a breeze that we were all so very thankful of.

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We walked and talked and soon enough we stood beneath the summit of Glaramara. The group took varying lines up the final scramble, and everyone seemed impressed with Lexi’s ability to get up some of the sections. 20130709_102829

We took a breather on the summit and soaked up the fine views. The heat was continuing to rise, and because of this it was quite hazy, but we would all take haze over driving rain!

With the hard bit of the day done we continued over the undulating plateau of Glaramara and made our way to the summit of Allen Crags, yet another fine view point. We took this opportunity to have some lunch.

Half an hour soon passed and we seemed to be getting too comfortable. Who could blame us?  Full tummies, amazing views and the sun beating down….just 5 more minutes?

We descended to Esk Hause which was to be our decision point. We had multiple options on how to finish the walk, one of which being making our way over to the Langdale Pikes. We opted to head over Esk Pike followed by Bowfell. The group continued to be efficient and we made great time to the summit of Bowfell, getting there at 2pm.

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We once again took a slightly longer stop, making sure we enjoyed the views from what I regard one of the best, if not the best, viewpoint in Lakeland. Sadly we were driven from the summit by the midges sooner than we would have liked, but the pub beckoned anyhow!

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From the summit we took a slight detour to admire The Great Slab and then we descended to the Three Tarns. We then joined the good track and made our way down The Band, soaking up the impressive views of the Langdale Pikes and the Langdale Valley all the way.

By half 3 we walked into the Old Dungeon Ghyll where we started a course of re-hydration!  A perfect day out!

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