Thursday 24th July 2008 was the day where we departed from the route published in Trail magazine. We were supposed to have taken the Ullswater Steamer around to Howtown, then followed the ridge nearly to High Street G/LD-011. Instead, we would be following the Coast 2 Coast route out of Patterdale.
We left the village on a glorious and hot morning, and were soon ascending
fairly steeply along the side of a ridge. At Boredale Hause, the C2C path we
would be following veered up to the right, but we had other business to attend
to first. We turned left, and headed up the punishingly steep path to Place Fell
Jimmy and I pushed on for the summit, which we attained fairly soon after, having got the hardest parts of the climb over and done with. The views were excellent on this hot sunny morning. Nine contacts were made on 2m FM with the VX-110 and RSS, and we were commencing our descent by 10.45am. Not a bad early morning's work.
As we began the final ascent back onto the ridge, we paused for lunch, which was
Ian's packed cheese and Branston butties and other bits and bobs from our
rucksacks. Climbing onto the High Street ridge, the summit of G/LD-011 looked to
be a long climb above us, whereas the Trail route descent via Kidsty Pike looked
distinctly more manageable. In fact there was barely 40m in it, but I opted for
Kidsty Pike! My mind was turning towards a second SOTA activation for the day,
but one that would score points.
We hauled ourselves down the grassy slopes of Kidsty Pike and over to the side of Haweswater, and we were back to where we were two-and-a-half days ago. This time, the golden eagle was not to be seen, as we walked by the reservoir back to the car, which we were pleased to see still there! A short distance up the road was the Haweswater Hotel, which provided a welcome refreshment stop, as we began to plot our evening activation of Hallin Fell G/LD-043. Thanks to the following stations, all worked on 2m FM with 5 watts: