Four becks from Braithwaite

It was supposed to be a rest day. We had run a fast 16 mile loop two days earlier and 20 miles with around 4,000 ft of ascent the day before, so an easy potter staying low seemed a good plan. But a little sunshine on the fells gave rise to greater enthusiasm than sense and we set off from Braithwaite, following Coledale Beck - the first of four - heading for Grassmoor and Crummock Water beyond.
 By the time we reached Coledale Hause, the col that lies between Grassmoor and Hopegill Head, conditions had deteriorated and having spent enough time in the clag the day before, dropped down beneath Gasgale Crags, following Liza Beck. 
It is a path I have not used before and proved an enjoyable, fast descent, though some sections of the route had clearly been washed away in recent floods.
On the last level section before the narrow valley opens dramatically onto broad gentle slopes above the lake. From here we followed the road to Buttermere, turning into the woods to follow the third stream of the day, Sail Beck, climbing slowly but steadily to the col between Ard Crags and Crag Hill.
From here an excellent path descends alongside Rigg Beck, giving another fast run back into the Newlands Valley. Another 16 miles and around 3,500 ft of ascent. So much for the rest day.

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