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

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