Bob Graham Round: 3 Dunmail to Wasdaleby Bob Oct/2011
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Often considered the main part of the Bob Graham Round, the second half of this route takes in much of the roughest ground in the Lake District and you need the fell craft of a goat to keep up a good pace.
It's the longest section of the round and many would consider it as two good days' walking out on the fells. It is easily split at either Langdale Combe or Bowfell. If split at Bowfell then starting from Cockley Beck you can traverse the main tops round to Scafell and only need miss the descent in to Wasdale.
This is my favourite part of the Bob Graham Round, I've supported on it numerous times both summer and winter. The photo above was taken on a scorching day when it was 17C at 4am, despite the heat there was enough snow on the summit of Scafell Pike for a snowball fight! Just five months earlier on a winter attempt we'd watched the sun rise whilst climbing Bowfell in temperatures of -14C.
Perhaps the saddest time on this section was supporting a relay that took Fred Rogerson's ashes round the BGR. The weather was apocalyptic with strong gales making even standing difficult and becks appearing where there should be none. There were only fell runners out that day, paying homage to the man who, with Harry Griffin, co-founded the Bob Graham Club.
A good path leads to the pass at the head of Far Easedale. There are now two alternatives but the clearer on the ground follows Ferngill Beck past Coledale Head to the rocky summit of Sergeant Crag.
More easy ground leads to High Raise, the top at the centre of the Lake District.
From Harrison Stickle keep on grassy ground to the north of the main path until boggy ground forces you to join it just short of Pike o'Stickle. Scramble up to the summit.
Go straight up the other side to gain a ramp line leading towards Rossett Pike. This exits on to the ridge at the skyline notch that is prominent from the valley floor.
Follow the edge above Langdale to reach the summit cairn of Rossett Pike.
Once on the plateau head south to the summit then turn back on yourself and head back towards Ore Gap. The best line is about 100m left of the main path.
Follow the path over Esk Pike to Esk Hause. About 200m past this point take a direct line to the summit plateau of Great End.
From here the going only get rougher! Head back to the main track then after another 200m or so leave the path again to gain the summit of Broad Crag which is quite possibly the roughest summit in the district.
1. Broad Stand
2. Lord's Rake and the West Wall Traverse
3. Foxes Tarn via the climber's traverse
The latter is the most runnable, if anything can be considered runnable in this terrain.
All lead to a broad col below the summit of Scafell. Go up to the summit then head directly for the head of Wastwater.
When you reach Rakehead Crag keep left until you come to a grassy gully and descend by the side of this to gain the Old Corpse Road. Now follow this to the car park.
Distance: 15.20 miles (24.46 km)
Total ascent: 2,024m
Steepest Gradient: 45% (1 in 2)
Time: 6 – 7 hours (Trail running)
SummitsSteel Fell 553 m
Calf Crag 537 m
Sergeant Man 736 m
High Raise 762 m
Thunacar Knott 723 m
Harrison Stickle 736 m
Pike of Stickle 709 m
Rossett Pike 651 m
Bowfell 902 m
Esk Pike 885 m
Great End 910 m
Ill Crag 935 m
Broad Crag 934 m
Scafell Pike 978 m
Scafell 964 m
Start Dunmail Raise, NY327115; Finish Wasdale Head NT car park, NY182075
Some of the roughest ground in Lakeland.
The first half is fairly conditions independent but once past Rossett Pike there are several sections where while not technical are serious under winter conditions.
Weather and Hill Conditions:
mwis: Lake District – Met Office: Lake District
The Ambleside Keswick bus (service 555) crosses Dunmail Raise, see http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/public-transport-road-safety/transport/publictransport/busserv/timetables/default.asp. There is no public transport in wasdale.
Wainwright: Central Fells and Southern Fells
For more info on the Bob Graham Round -
Others in this series:
Leg 1: Keswick to Threlkeld - http://www.ukhillwalking.com/logbook/r/?i=145
Leg 2: Threlkeld to Dunmail - http://www.ukhillwalking.com/logbook/r/?i=146
Leg 4: Wasdale to Honister - http://www.ukhillwalking.com/logbook/r/?i=148
Leg 5: Honister to Keswick - http://www.ukhillwalking.com/logbook/r/?i=149
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