Top O'Selside

6 May 2008

After this morning's expedition in the Duddon Valley and a good family lunch in Broughton, the continuing good weather called for another fell walk. Although Top O'Selside, the high point between Coniston Water and Windermere, had been visited before, it had been in poor weather, so a decision was made to visit again, this time taking Wainwright's recommended route from High Nibthwaite over several other little tops. Sadly the weather was rather hazy for the perfect views of the Coniston Fells that would otherwise result, but it was still a very pleasant outing.

The first objective is Brock Barrow. Wainwright's route goes across this face, but we found a better looking route up the right side, which was sufficiently used for a little track to have developed, but it was still fairly steep.

Refreshing bluebells before we begin our ascent.

Looking down the fairly steep slope from near the top.

Henry on top of Brock Barrow, with the Coniston Fells beyond Coniston Water.

The foot of Coniston Water

From the next little summit, the view along the lake opens up, and the views of the Coniston Fells would be even better, but for today's haze.

On the next summit, Low Light Haw, looking towards High Light Haw. The summit on the right is Arnsbarrow Hill, which we're not visiting today, but looks a good objective for a future outing.

On High Light Haw; the summit on the horizon on the left is Top O'Selside, the high point of the moor, though the nearer Arnsbarrow Hill on the right looks higher because it is closer.

An interesting rock formation  with Arnsbarrow Hill behind

The same formation from above.

Henry having fun on this warm afternoon.

On the main summit of Top O'Selside, with the Coniston Fells behind

From the northernmost summit of Top O'Selside (which appears to be marginally higher than that which carries the cairn), looking past Arnsbarrow Tarn to Arnsbarrow Hill.

The two of us back on the cairned summit

We then descended to the track which runs along the hillside, gradually falling to High Nibthwaite. Here we can see Peel Island, otherwise known as Wild Cat Island

Gradually descending towards High Nibthwaite

A look back along the lane.

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A pleasant outing, with the paths on the moor more prominent than expected. Total distance 6.9 km with 363 metres of ascent in 2 hours 30 minutes.



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