Monday, 29 September 2014

Langden Castle – Sunday 28th September

 

September weather continues warm and dry, if a little overcast.  The firm ground on Totridge Fell was a bonus for our run today.  From Haredon, along the valley to the grandly named Langden Castle.

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Doesn't really live up to its name - not much more than a ruin today, but what history lies here. An old stopping place on the Whalley-Lancaster road, dating back to mediaeval times, not too far from the old Brennand chapel which Abbot Lyndeley of Whalley Abbey had reported already lost in the middle of the fourteenth century. Langden Castle once held prisoners on the way to the Assizes at Lancaster, perhaps the Lancashire Witches stayed overnight here : )

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Langden Brook

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The path up to Totridge Fell

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Shooting huts on the way up to the summit

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Trigpoint with the memorial to Bill Smith

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Three Shires Fell Race - Saturday 20th September

Fine day for a run out from Three Shires Stone to bag a few summits and cross the race route to see friends on the race.  We headed over Wet Side Edge to pick up a total of nine Birketts (summits over 1,000ft in Cumbria)  Hell Gill Pike and Little Carrs being the first two, followed by Great Carrs, Swirl How, Great How Crags, Prison Band, Wetherlam, and a collection east of Birk Fell Man.  Great conditions and some climbing in the legs albeit fairly short on distance, giving us nine miles.  Can’t help feeling this weekend might be the last in shorts until Mallorca at the end of October – bring it on Smile

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Three Shires Stone

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Climbing onto Wet Side Edge with Harter Fell in the distance with Wrynose Pass

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Some creative cairn building on Wet Side Edge

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Memorial to those perished in the Halifax 1944 below Little Carrs

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Looking down to Little Langdale from below the summit of Wetherlam

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First man to Wetherlam and race winner – Rhys Findlay Robinson

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and first Lady Jasmin Paris – by a long shot

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Windswept Yew trees

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Birketts

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Hello!

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

A Run Out from Kettlewell - Sunday 14th September

 

As Ian was doing the Lake District Mountain Trial today, I was lucky enough to join friends from Bowland FR for a run out from the beautiful little village of Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales.  Up to the summit of Great Whernside, which brought back memories of the Fellsman eek!  Back down to the village and then a climb up to Cam Head and back to the equally picturesque hamlet of Starbottom and the trot back down Wharfedale.  Just under eleven miles in good conditions, a little cloudy on top but dry and with great company.  Refreshments in Zarina’s tea shop finished off the day nicely Smile

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Kettlewell

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Emma and Pan on the climb up to the summit of Great Whernside with Ruth below

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and in Bowland technicolour!

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Checking the route at the Bunk House below Great Whernside

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Summit Great Whernside

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L to R Ann, Lottie, Sean and Andy

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Ruth and Pam in deep discussion

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Emma

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Livestock

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Stand off

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Ann – seeing them off!

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Stampede

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Holding the gate for Lottie

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Heading down to Starbottom

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The path back to Kettlewell

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This is what it’s all about – tea and cakes at the end Smile

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Up and Above Longsleddale - Saturday 6th September

 

With a good forecast for the Lakes promised earlier in the week, plans were made for a trip north, so slightly disappointing to set off in this!

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We decided to go for it, but as the rain became torrential on the M6 we both felt a little under enthused.  However, as we approached the mountains it looked a little brighter and by the time we got to Sadgill at the far end of Long Sleddale there was no sign of the earlier rain and a hint of sunshine threatened to break through the clouds and it just got better and better – good call Smile

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Looking back down the valley of Lond Sleddale from the climb up onto Great Howe before traversing Sleddale Fell

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Ian heading to one of the survey pillars used in the construction of Haweswater

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and a close up as the cloud begins to clear

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Then the gig drop down and climb up onto the summit of Branstree

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The drop down to Gategarth pass before reaching the boundary stone above on Adam Seat

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Couple of walkers heading up to Little Harter Fell

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The view down to Haweswater from the vantage point of Little Harter Fell

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and then on to Harter Fell itself before reaching the summit of Kentmere Pike

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The view across the valley to Mardale Ill Bell from Kentmere Pike

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A little out and back to visit Goat Scar – on the list of Birketts (summits over 1.000ft) which we’re targetting over the winter

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That view of Long Sleddale again from the other side of the ridge

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The bridleway back down to Sadgill

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Our finish at Sadgill Head

A good test of Ian’s sore knee, using lightweight trekking poles to take the strain.  Eleven miles covered with a climb of just over 3,000ft and the knee stood up well.  Turned into a cracking day on the hill Smile