Bob Graham - Kirk Fell to Robinson

After linking the first two legs of the Bob Graham earlier in the summer, we were keen to link the last three - these having several summits which neither of us had been over before now. In the event, injury and extremely poor weather forced two rest days and a change of plan, though we covered all of the eight summits from Kirk Fell to Robinson on the first day's running before clambering out of Wasdale - the steep flank of Yewbarrow being an ascent on par with the worst the fells can offer - and ticking off the remaining four on this penultimate section of the round, thereby at least linking the last two legs.
Starting in Buttermere, we followed the lake before climbing Scarth Gap...
...and Black Sail passes in quick succession to pick up the route at the start of the climb towards the broad summit of Kirk Fell.
The view back towards Scarth Gap at the start of climb towards Black Sail pass and Kirk Fell.
Looking down on the moraines - a distinctive feature at the head of Ennerdale...
...and across to Great Gable - another steep ascent though by the time we reach it on the day I suspect it will look much the same as so many before it.
With reasonably fresh legs, it is an enjoyable climb...
...the descent fast and loose leading all too quickly to another short pull up onto Green Gable after which things ease, Brandreth and Grey Knotts passing almost unnoticed before the sharp drop to Honister. Beyond which lies Dale Head. It was one of those I had not been over to date and the climb was one I was concerned about - it is the last major climb on the route and steep. But it is far easier going than those which precede it...
...and leads to a ridge which is a joy to run despite the summit of Hindscarth being situated annoyingly 'off-route'. Robinson followed - it is the last of the Bob Graham's 42 summits and from here the route turns north, leading back towards Keswick. 
But not today. As evening fell so we dropped as rapidly as knackered knees allowed, heading down on steep grassy paths, through the bogs and eventually back to Buttermere...
...not so many miles, but a fine day of the fells and one which put the route as a whole into perspective for us both.

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