So, thanks to a long-term Tesco Clubcard deal, we booked a weekend in Grasmere Youth Hostel in exchange for only £20 worth of tesco vouchers: Result!!
On the Saturday we went for a lazy trek up to Easdale Tarn, which was still frozen over (note to self – charge camera batteries next time!), and on the Sunday, went for a wee bimble from Brothers Water up in the direction of Stony Cove Pike (good details on the general area of Hartsop here).
First port of call was an old (lead?) mine, just above the snowline.
At this point we realised that the snow was really hard-packed, having thawed and re-frozen several times. Definitely a crampon job to go any higher in safety……. which would have been fine if either of us actually owned a pair!!
So, there was nothing for it but to traverse around the coire, and up onto Hartsop Dodd. This gave spectacular views of Caudale Head – probably more spectacular than we would have got had we climbed to the top (although we’ll have to wait until next time to confirm this!).
Climbing down from the mine workings was a bit tricky…………
……………….but we soon made it onto the ridge of Hartsop Dodd.
The view from the top was amazing, with an incredible feeling of altitude, far in excess of the mere 618m we had actually climbed.
So, thankyou Tescos for another fantastic weekend…….. well, every little helps! 😉