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!


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


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


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


and a close up as the cloud begins to clear


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


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


Couple of walkers heading up to Little Harter Fell


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


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


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




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


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


The bridleway back down to Sadgill


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

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