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Middleton Fell (Calf Top) and Casterton Fell

PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:50 pm
by Broggy1

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A working Saturday but with an increase in daylight I had enough time to get to Barbon for a short walk in the Eastern Dales on a cloudy but dry and pleasant afternoon with light winds.

Parked the car at Barbon and followed roads to Eskholme, before climbing fairly steeply up Eskholme Pike then along the excellent ridge to Castle Knott and Calf Top (both parts of Middleton Fell). From, here I retraced my steps past Castle Knott and then steeply down to Barbondale.

I then took the wet bridleway towards Bullpot Farm before branching off at the wall and heading up Casterton Fell. This proved harder than first imagined with an up and down crossing over plenty of wet ground (and one dry stone wall) before reaching the Trig. I then followed a clear path down (apart from again having to climb the wall) to the road and back to Barbon.

An excellent afternoon on some really good hills. Calf Top especially is well worth the climb and despite being agonizingly short of Hewitt status, it actually makes a better walk than many other Dales Hewitts. (EDIT Now a Hewitt!).

Hills ahead from Eskholme.JPG
Eskholme Pike ahead

Cairn on Eskholme Pike.JPG
Cairn on Eskholme Pike (not really a top in it's own right but a nice view point)

View from EP.JPG
View from Eskholme Pike

Castle Knott ahead.JPG
The excellent ridge to Castle Knott

Calf Top ahead.JPG
Calf Top from Castle Knott (a bit of boggy ground between these two but nothing too bad)

Trig looking to Howgills.JPG
Trig Point on Calf Top (highest point on Middleton Fell) looking to the Howgill Fells

Back to castle Knott.JPG
Looking back at Castle Knott

Steeply descending into Barbondale.JPG
Descending steeply into Barbondale

Barbon Beck

Bridleway towards Bullpot Farm.JPG
Wet bridleway towards Bullpot Farm

Heading up Casterton fell.JPG
I left the bridleway at a wall to head up Casterton Fell

Looking back at Castle Knott and Calf Top.JPG
Looking back at Middleton Fell (Castle Knott to Calf Top)

Trig looking to Great Coum.JPG
Trig Point on Casterton Fell looking to snow topped Crag Hill and Great Coum

On descent.JPG
On descent