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Just the two of us

Just the two of us


Postby johnkaysleftleg » Thu May 22, 2014 9:04 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: Calders, Swarth Fell, The Calf, Wild Boar Fell

Date walked: 17/05/2014

Distance: 24 km

Ascent: 1150m

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With Grace away gorge walking, rock climbing and all that stuff on an outwards bounds course we decided to take advantage and book a night in a hotel at Kirkby Stephen as an early anniversary present. Hughie got to stay a couple of days with grandparents much to his chagrin. :lol:

For the Saturday I decided upon a short wander in the Howgills as Nicola hadn't enjoyed the charms of these fantastic hills before. Our route took us up the side of Cautley Spout, along the edge of Cautley Crag, the tops of Calders and the Calf before returning via Bowderdale Head. It was a stunning day with the Lakes, and the Scafells in particular, looking incredibly clear.

ImageStarting out towards the falls by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageCautley Crag by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageYarlside by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageCautley Spout by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageCautley Spout and Crag by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageView down to Cautley Holme Beck by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageAlong Cautley Crag towards Bowderdale Head by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageArant Haw by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageViews South towards the Dales by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageScafells from Calders by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageSome Howgill locals by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageLooking towards Hellvelyn from the Calf by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageBowderdale by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageBowderdale Head by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageCautley Spout by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr


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Following a very fine night spent in Kirkby Stephen the gentle slopes of the Dales were just the ticket given the previous nights excesses and a huge breakfast. We parked up at Cotegill Bridge in the wonderful, mysteriously named Mallerstang valley and made our way up Wild Boar Fell. On another fine day the Eastern escarpment looked fantastic from the areas of limestone pavement and it was a nice steady pull up to the summit with some superb views.

ImageCotegill Bridge by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageLimestone Pavement by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageThe Nab by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageWild Boar Fell by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr (click to see bigger version)

ImageWide Open Spaces by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageLooking towards The Nab by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageView North from The Nab by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageView South from the Nab by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageWild Boar Fell Summit by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

We returned to the escarpment following bagging the summit and checked out the superbly built cairns that litter the edge before making our way around the the large summit plateau. A small dip down and re-ascent took us to the top of Swarth Fell. We sat for a while, taking in a splendid panorama on a blissful afternoon. It would have been all to easy to fall asleep listening to the skylarks but we pulled ourselves away for the simple pathless return to the car.

ImageBack to the Edge by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageStone Men of Wild Boar Fell by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageLooking towards Swarth Fell by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageSouth End of the Escarpment by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageSwarth Fell Summit by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageWild Boar Fell by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageAcross Mallerstang from the descent by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageThe Mallerstang Valley by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr (click pic for bigger version)

A really nice weekend with some perfect conditions for walking and a visit to Skye to look forward to next week :D Happy days!


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Re: Just the two of us

Postby Ibex » Thu May 22, 2014 9:12 pm

Lovely photo's as usual. Pretty interesting rock formations are there too.

But a lack of Hughie gets a thumbs down from me. Sorry!
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Re: Just the two of us

Postby L-Hiking » Fri May 23, 2014 9:29 pm

Wonderful pictures as always Anthony, and a wonderful part of our country. Good to see you and Nicola getting some you time together too.
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Re: Just the two of us

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Fri May 23, 2014 9:41 pm

Ibex wrote:Lovely photo's as usual. Pretty interesting rock formations are there too.

But a lack of Hughie gets a thumbs down from me. Sorry!


Thanks Ibex, normal service will be resumed regarding Hughie :D

L-Hiking wrote:Wonderful pictures as always Anthony, and a wonderful part of our country. Good to see you and Nicola getting some you time together too.


Cheers mate, have you had your break in bonnie Scotland yet? Hopefully you had a good'un.
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Re: Just the two of us

Postby L-Hiking » Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:56 pm

Anthony

Now that is a real strange coninsidence!! My friend Terry and I actually did the same walk on Saturday. We did not have such a wonderful clear day as you did but thoroughly enjoyed it. Did you see the Peregrine Falcons?
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Re: Just the two of us

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:33 am

L-Hiking wrote:Anthony

Now that is a real strange coninsidence!! My friend Terry and I actually did the same walk on Saturday. We did not have such a wonderful clear day as you did but thoroughly enjoyed it. Did you see the Peregrine Falcons?


No peregrines for us I'm afraid, did look like perfect county for them however so I'm not surprised, glad to here you're back on the hills :thumbup:
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