Saturday, 22 February 2014
Trail 100 #24
Windy .. is the best way to describe this walk.
We parked in Sedbergh and walked along the valley floor through sodden fields to Cautley arriving muddy and a bit annoyed at the slow progress.
As we walked towards the waterfall (Cautley Spout) we wondered why there were some people sliding down the steep grassy bank. Perhaps they had been watching the Winter Olympics and were practising snowboarding.
The reason was obvious when we started to climb .. the grass slope was soaked, wet like a sponge, and even with good boots the surface was like an icy pavement.
Half way up the bank a strong gust of wind knocked us both from our feet and sent us sliding 20 feet back down the hill. Bruised pride and a banged wrist, but no serious injuries.
The next part of the walk followed the stream up a sheltered valley ascending towards the summit. And then we reached the ridge where the Westerly wind over 40 miles an hour made the climb to The Calf (2218ft/676m) and the next two miles, over Calders (2211ft/674m) very difficult walking.
The descent back to Sedbergh was a relief as we found a sheltered route and got back to the car before the rain.
Starting at the Sedbergh car park (SD659923).
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Trail 100 #23
This is the first time either of us remember climbing Ingleborough (2375ft/724m) from this side. The route from Clapham takes you past Ingleborough Cave (where the beck flows out from under the hill) and Gaping Gill (where it disappears down a huge cavern).
Away from the cold wind this was a beautiful sunny day. But it was bitterly cold on the flat rock covered summit.
Ingleborough is a very popular mountain and there were a lot of people climbing up the route to the top. We returned by a much quieter, indistinct path over Little Ingleborough and across Newby Moss down to the road at the foot of the hill.
Each blade of grass on the top was coated in a sheet of ice making wonderful shapes that sparkled in the bright sunshine.
Starting at the National Park car park in Clapham (SD746692).
Sunday, 2 February 2014
Trail 100 #22
After a long drive we arrived to discover the road was closed. Really disappointed until we found the short diversion and set off up the long valley road to Pistyll Rhaeadr. Sections of the narrow track were flooded, by the time we left one section was almost impassable. The waterfall was impressive as we set off on a warm sunny day.
Half an hour later we got our first sight of the tops and immediately regretted leaving the crampons in the car.
We struggled up the snow covered bog leading to the first summit of Moel Sych (2713ft/827m), where a beautiful white snowfield led along the ridge to Cadair Berwyn (2723ft/830m). Crampons would have been really useful here on the ice covered snow. We stopped at the summit and didn’t go on the short distance to the trig point – with the right kit this would have been easy.
The descent took us past the very pretty Llyn Luncaws which reminded us of Scales Tarn at the foot of Blencathra.
A soaking fine rain started as we got into the valley and crossing the swollen stream was a real challenge.
We were a bit disappointed that the cafe didn’t take cards, we didn’t have enough cash. So we sat in the car and drank coffee from the Thermos.
Starting at the Pistyll Rhaeadr car park (SJ073294).