Had a fantastic day out climbing Bow Fell from the New Dungeon Ghyll, and we have photographs as well! We set out from the hotel car park with a nice leisurely stroll to Stool End. The rain was light and intermittent, and remained so all day. The Band dominated the view on the way to Stool End. We passed through the farmyard and headed straight on to The Band. It was largely stepped, but not exaggered to the extent that the Minffordd Path had been on Cadair Idris. About halfway up I realised that my new Platypus was upside down, hence I had been trying in vain for about half an hour to get a drink. As a much smaller group there was not as much waiting around as on previous meets, which made the climb less stressful.
At one point, quite high up on The Band, the sun came out from behind the clouds and set off the UV sensor that came with my new pair of Crag Hoppers, which were excellent and kept the little rain there was at bay. We had lunch at Three Tarns, despite me and Keith heading for the Climber’s Traverse momentarily. I found all the rocks around the summit an aggravation, but at least they weren’t covered in lichen like those on Cadair. We sat on the summit of 902m for only a few moments staring at the Sca Fell range hidden in the clouds. I had hoped to return to the New Dungeon Ghyll via Rossett Pike, but with time against us we decided to descend the path alogside the Rossett Gill and on to the Cumbria Way through Mickleden.
After a long walk with Langdale Fell to our left, we nearly wandered in to the old hotel by mistake. Realising our error we crossed over to the correct side of the river, and headed for the pub. Needn’t have rushed though, as some of the others returned late, and they had the Albion on telly in the pub. Picked out loads of ideas for next time i’m up there, should be a jolly.