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A winter scene in the Dales. Looking towards Ingleborough from Sulber Nick. Climbs of Ingleborough start from Horton or Ribblehead. We run these walks throughout the year.

Wharton Hall in the valley visited on walks from Kirkby Stephen. A favourite venue for many easier walks.

 

 

Past Events - Other Events 2014

 

Below are photos and reports from selected events during 2014, with the most recent appearing first.

 

23 September 2014 - Upper Eskdale and Pike de Bield (Lake District Walk)

Two cars left Gargrave spot on 8 only to find stationary traffic on the A65 north of Ingleton and an upside-down car. Flashing lights and a siren cleared a passage for a police car; the adventures saw an opening and in a flash were away up the hill Lakeland-bound.

Up into Langdale and over Wrynose Pass to the start-point at Cockley Beck. "Morning Margo. Apologies for being 5 mins late." Clad for the worst , eleven went up and over Mossdale discarding layers on route. Thence by Lingcove Beck to the fords, where paths split, for elevenses.

Onwards into wet cloud; layers back on. "The first up is the steepest. Oh yes, the first up…" Alpine plod to Ore Gap and beyond. A band of rocks on the right offered respite from the strengthening wind. "Early lunch. Find a hole." I shared with Lynn S (some ladies even had a discomfort stop)

Before we knew it we were atop Esk Pike. "Stop Rod and Derek. It's the south ridge for us" (which the book describes as 'quite the meat and matter of good fellwalking). Heading generally south down little rock outcrops or through and around boulder fields, the first target was Pike de Bield. After two false summits, another appeared out of the mist some 50ft above us. It was climbed. GPS check NY2357 0682. Bingo. Pike de Bield.

For the next section I quote from M. Richard's book 'outcropping makes it difficult to adhere to a consistent path.' We found no path and I counted 1 to 10 on numerous occasions on this stretch, often pausing until No. 10, Merrilyn loomed into view!

To compound matters, my reading glasses steamed up whenever extracted and my rain-speckled map case had been spun round so many times by the wind, its cord was throttling me. Help, I need somebody, not just anybody.

Thanks to Lynne K on compass, Annette with GPS with 1 to 50,000 map (albeit on Spanish settings!), my bit of paper with the crucial grid references and Damien's acute eye-site, Yeastyrigg Crags (NY2365 0650) were found, plus a passage above Greenhole Crags and a descent to the foot of Low Gait Crags. I get by with a little help from my friends.

Time for a stop and as we sat the mist rolled away momentarily to reveal the River Esk below Scar Lathing. Half an hour later we walked by it into the waterfall section and below the mist. Senor Felipe, Lynne and I were admiring the stunning scenery, whilst the others marched on. A whistle blast stopped them. "We'll not go right down to Lingcove Bridge; we'll cut across to Lingcove Beck." This we did and followed it upstream seeking a crossing point! John M demonstrated the advantages of walking poles at the chosen spot.

Safely across we climbed to Mosedale path and returned to the cars. A challenging but very satisfying day.

The cost of Lake District walks - 5 up for a fiver.

Report above by Jack W - photos by Damien H

 

18 June 2014 - Whitfell and Ulpha Fell (Lake District Walk)

Photo below by John W - please click here to view additional photos (external website link)

 

22 April 2014 - Blencathra and Bowscale Fell (Lake District Walk)

Photo below by John W - please click here to view additional photos (external website link)

The forecast suggested opportunities for a) testing wet weather gear and b) route-finding in the mist. We weren't to be disappointed!

Three cars departed Gargrave to arrive Mungrisedale c. 9:45am and with Tony joining us (fresh from his stay at the adjacent Mill Inn), 14 set out along the road to Bowscale. West from here on a rising track to Bowscale Tarn, prior to the steep climb through Tarn Crags to the ridge with a visibility of at least 50 metres. Team play came to the fore.

Bowscale to Bannerdale and on towards Blencathra…and improved visibility (see link above for photos) Lunch at the col, across Mungrisedale Common and down to the Cloven Stone, the most outlying marker of Mungrisedale parish according to Tony.

"Where now?" they said. "We contour round to Roughten Gill, ascend by the stream and then fellside to the top of Blencathra."

And we did. Thick mist now. GPS needed to find Scales Fell ridge. Down out of wet cloud and into….steady persistent rain. A show of hands determined a finish via the Glenderamackin valley and not Souther Fell. An hour in the Mill Inn, fine dining in Settle finished off the day.

Report by Jack W


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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