A Walk from Mungrisdale - Sun 17th Aug 2008
   
One of our favourite C.C.Sites is Troutbeck Head which is situated just under the westerly slopes of Great Mell Fell and close to the A66 in Cumbria. Its ease of access and location make it an ideal place to use as a base when bringing the caravan up to the Lakes.

Our walk today starts from the small hamlet of Mungrisdale, a short drive from the caravan site. In the company of my daughter Melanie and her two children Jack and Elle, the route takes us over Souther Fell then on to Bannerdale Crags before descending back to Mungrisdale.

Jack and Elle pose for photo's as we take a break climbing the steep north ridge of Souther Fell - Great Mell Fell can be seen in the background.

   
A well earned rest after reaching the summit of Souther Fell - 522m / 1712ft
   
We take time to visit the cairn situated further along the ridge.

Bannerdale Crags can be seen in the background with low cloud persistantly hanging over Blencathra beyond.

   
So far we had stayed dry, our decision to stay away from the central fells seemed to have paid off today.
   
One of the local Herdwicks came up to see what we were up to.
   
We moved off and headed down to Mousthwaite Comb then descended right to cross the River Glendermackin and pick up the path heading up towards Mungrisdale Common.

   
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Elle and Jack were collecting interesting rock specimins as we made our way up the path, their pockets were bulging and every so often we would stop to transfer more rocks into Mels or my rucksacks.
   
   
We neared the top of the track then struck off right to join the path leading up to the summit of Bannerdale Crags 683m / 2241ft

Here we encountered a patch of that rain cloud that had been hanging over Blencathra all morning.

Elle wanted to touch the clouds and was most put out when she couldn't quite reach them!

The shower was short lived and the sun soon came out again as we followed the path around the crags and started our descent into Bannerdale.

   
   
Pockets still full of rocks, Jack finds it difficult to keep his pants from falling down!
   
   
Finally we arrive back at Mungrisdale.

Jack tries to phone grandma to tell her to get the kettle on, trouble is he has no money in his pockets, only rocks!

   
   
A short walk back to the car outside the village hall.

An excellant walk, enjoyed by all!

Distance approx: - 11.5k / 7mls.

   
   
   
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