Allen Crags-Glaramara

Ascent was from near Stoneythwaite Farm along to Seathwaite Farm and thence up Grains Gill to Esk Hause, on to Allen Crags (no relation!), over from there to Glaramara and back down via Thornythwaite Fell. This is the route to Glaramara recommended by Wainwright in his “Favourite Lakeland Fells”, especially because of the “unsurpassed beauty” of the views north on the descent, and indeed this aspect as well as the rest of it did not disappoint, to put it mildly! There are first of all the ever-improving views of the north-western side of Seathwaite, the perfection of its cluster of farm and other buildings, and then the beauty and drama of, in particular, the higher reaches of Grains Gill, with its steep ravines and looming menace of Great End towering above. At the top, wonderful views of Great Gable and nearby fells emerge, and also of Esk Pike, Bowfell, the Langdale Pikes, and so on. The walk to Glaramara is filled with numerous scenic tarns and fine views to the east and much of the west, and then, of course, there is long descent with Borrowdale spread out before, with Derwent Water and Skiddaw and Blencathra in the background. I lingered long on this part in particular, weary limbs notwithstanding, wishing fervently, and by no means for the first time, that such scenes and days would admit of no natural end. (Distance: 8.35 miles, ascent: 3100 ft.)

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