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Lower Eskdale #2 / 2 days / 20 miles (32km)

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Date: 23 Jul 2007
Start / Finish: Eskdale Green. Small free car park on the main road by Giggle Alley Forestry Commission entrance (141002).
Maps: Explorer OL6: English Lakes South West.

Day 1Blea Tarn, Lingcove Beck & Hard Knott9.9 miles / 2670 feet (15.9km / 813m)
Day 2Harter Fell, Green Crag & Crook Crag10.0 miles / 2120 feet (16.1km / 646m)

Another circuit of Lower Eskdale to salvage a couple of days from the wettest July for decades. It was largely dull and overcast but the morning at the tent pitch was superb and more than compensated for the dull skies later.

We had been promising ourselves a pitch on Hard Knott for ages and the weather rose to the occasion: it was among the finest morning views we have ever had in the summer months, including a lovely inversion over the sea and valleys to the south with Harter Fell peeping through the cloud. For the first time ever we also saw an afternoon inversion which formed locally before our eyes in the Eskdale valleys, a rare but short lived phenomenon.

Day 1 - Blea Tarn, Lingcove Beck & Hard Knott

Eskdale & Bowfell
Eskdale & Bowfell (23 Jul 2007__12:59:19)
Lingcove Beck
Lingcove Beck (23 Jul 2007__13:52:37)
Pianet Knott
Pianet Knott (23 Jul 2007__14:57:20)
Pitch on Hard Knott
Pitch on Hard Knott (23 Jul 2007__16:26:32)
Afternoon inversion forming below Hard Knott
Afternoon inversion forming below Hard Knott (23 Jul 2007__16:38:07)

Day 2 - Harter Fell, Green Crag & Crook Crag

Morning inversion and Harter Fell
Morning inversion and Harter Fell (24 Jul 2007__05:10:07)
Dawn light on the Scafells
Dawn light on the Scafells (24 Jul 2007__05:24:04)
Sunlight on morning inversion
Sunlight on morning inversion (24 Jul 2007__06:22:25)
Morning view from Hard Knott
Morning view from Hard Knott (24 Jul 2007__06:55:46)
Tarn on Hard Knott
Tarn on Hard Knott (24 Jul 2007__07:25:44)
Rising mist at summit of Harter Fell
Rising mist at summit of Harter Fell (24 Jul 2007__09:15:20)
View from Harter Fell
View from Harter Fell (24 Jul 2007__09:17:02)
Crook Crag & Green Crag
Crook Crag & Green Crag (24 Jul 2007__13:18:16)
Low Birker Tarn
Low Birker Tarn (24 Jul 2007__13:31:04)