Jul 24 2010

Walk 15: Off Peak

Cautley Crag and Spout from Yarlside

route: yarlside, randygill top, the calf, bush howe & fell head from low haygarth
date: 24th july 2010
distance: 11.9 miles
ascent: 4,098 feet
time: 9 hrs 10 mins
walkers: carol, dave, graham, leanne, roger, sandra & simon

Finally the day was here. On a couple of occasions on earlier walks we had seen the Howgill Fells from a distance but today was the day we met up close. The sight of them as we approached was inspiring and I couldn’t wait to get started. The girls were a little apprehensive due to the number of peaks we were going to do. There were eight peaks on our Yorkshire tops list that were in the Howgills and that sounds a lot compared to our other walks. We had done five on our last walk a fortnight ago and it was seventeen miles and a lot of hard work. I think the brain was telling them that eight peaks will be harder. The weather was perfect with the sun poking through minimal cloud cover and the temperature not being too hot. We could see Cautley Spout from our starting point and it looked magnificent as it ran down the far edge of Cautley Crag. The time for soaking in the views was about to end and the time to do some walking was here. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 10 2010

The Crown – Horton-in-Ribblesdale

This is the place where everyone congregates once they have completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, so being a Saturday, and being July, it was busy. But that’s no bad thing, as having taken in 17 miles during the day ourselves, we were ready for the beers, and thus Sir Edmund ensured we were served post haste. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 10 2010

Walk 14: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

Pen-y-ghent from near Rainscar

route: fountains fell, fountains fell south top, darnbrook fell, plover hill & pen-y-ghent from horton in ribblesdale
Date: 10th July 2010
distance: 16.7 miles
ascent: 3,559 feet
time: 11 hrs
walkers: dave, gill, graham, holly, leanne, roger, roland, ryan, sandra & simon

I had a feeling that today was going to be a bit of a challenge due to the fact that we had five more peaks to tick off and we would be tackling our longest walk yet. As always we were in no rush and as long as we completed the walk then everyone would go home happy. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 04 2010

Walk 13: Cloudy Nine!

The nine standards of Nine Standards Rigg

route: nine standards rigg from nateby
Date: 4th July 2010
distance: 8.8 miles
ascent: 2,036 feet
time: 4 hrs 40 mins
walkers: carol, dave, graham, leanne, sandra & simon

I woke up with no hangover, no aches or pains and no car journey to start today’s walk. Having done about 12 miles the day before and had a few beers to celebrate last night I was please with my efforts as I headed down for breakfast. A quick bowl of cereal was followed with a full English and by the time I had eaten all that I was ready for bed again. Instead we didn’t rush to get ready, choosing to confirm the route at the breakfast table before packing up and checking out. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 03 2010

The Black Bull – Nateby

Right this was now serious rambling! We were to head up towards Cumbria again, take in a few peaks on the Saturday, stop over, then conquer Nine Standards Rigg on the Sunday.

For this we needed accommodation, and set about trying places in Kirkby Stephen, where Nine Standards grows out of. Ah, you’re full, no worries, ah you’re full too, no worries (said with worry). But wait, what’s this place on the map, Nateby, oh they have a pub with rooms and they could fit us in, so we were all set. Read the rest of this entry »