May 29 2010

The Bull Hotel – Sedbergh

As today’s route commenced from the ‘far end’ of Baugh Fell and Knoutberry Haw, rather than head back towards the Moorcock Inn and Hawes further on, we decided to have a bimble on into Sedbergh for our post-ramble tipple and what a lovely surprise was in store.

Sedbergh is a lovely quaint little town, and dead centre we located the Bull Hotel. After safely negotiating our way into the car park (well apart from the Cap’n, who didn’t want to damage the Range Rover) we entered the Bull on a busy Saturday afternoon. As such, once we were adorned with alcohol, a lack of space, meant we were off into a side room, which seemed very sparse, and turned out to double up as the restaurant.

This room didn’t really feel like you were in a pub, more the hotel side of things, which as it turned out we were. As for the guy who came in looking for his phone under our seats and table “oh I was here about two weeks ago, I wondered if I had left it here!”, glad he had his finger on the pulse! As for prices, well they were relatively…oh hang on, Sir Edmund got them in, so can’t possibly comment.

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May 29 2010

Walk 9: Twin Peaks

Baugh Fell from Garsdale Foot

route: knoutberry haw & tarn rigg hill from garsdale foot
Date: 29th may 2010
distance: 6.2 miles
ascent: 1,638 feet
time: 4 hrs
walkers: dave, graham, leanne, sandra & simon

We met at The Moorcock Inn on the A684, before proceeding along the same road towards Sedbergh. After a short while we took a little road to our right, and followed that, slowly, as we neared our starting point of Garsdale Foot. We had to open a couple of gates as we went and soon came to a fork in the road that we had been looking for, and finally, after taking the right hand fork, we had arrived. We jumped out and hastily prepared for the off. The temperature wasn’t that cold, but for some reason everyone seemed in a rush. Personally I felt a little flat today and I was sure that this would be a day of going through the motions, rather than loving every minute. Maybe that sounds a bit drastic, but it was only to be expected that on certain days I wouldn’t feel as enthusiastic as others. I guess this was the danger of planning the dates for all the walks at the beginning of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

May 15 2010

The Green Dragon – Hardraw

A good number of miles under our belt again, the troops were pleased that the walk began and ended in Hardraw. This not only meant an ale or two in the Green Dragon, but they could also take in Hardraw Force.

The tight accountant was however, flabbergasted to learn the only access to the beautiful waterfall, was actually through the pub and was £2 a shot. As such, it was decided everyones £2 (and a bit extra…) would go behind the bar instead. Thus Hardraw Force was for another time. Read the rest of this entry »

May 15 2010

Walk 8: A Double Slice Of Wensleydale

Drumaldrace (Wether Fell) taken during the descent from Great Shunner Fell

route: lovely seat & great shunner fell from hardraw
Date: 15th may 2010
distance: 10.7 miles
ascent: 2,205 feet
time: 5 hrs 50 mins
walkers: carol, dave, gill, graham, leanne, roland, sandra & simon

I was slightly apprehensive as we parked up in Hardraw and waited for the others to arrive. I had some limited experience with Whernside and Ingleborough but today I was about to tackle the third highest peak in the Yorkshire Dales and I didn’t know what it may involve. It wasn’t that I was worried but psychologically when you know something is ranked quite highly it is easy to imagine that it is tougher than it actually is. Time would tell on that! Read the rest of this entry »

May 08 2010

Walk 7: One Peak, Two Peak, Three Peak, Four….

A dried up river bed near Ease Gill

route: gragareth, green hill, great coum & crag hill from leck fell house
Date: 8th may 2010
distance: 9.1 miles
ascent: 1,779 feet
time: 5 hrs 50 mins
walkers: dave, leanne, sandra & simon

I was nervous as we drove along the A65 towards Cowan Bridge. This wasn’t because we were almost at our starting point of Leck Fell House, or the fact that it had been three weeks since we were at Mallerstang, it was to do with the fact that if Leeds Utd won that afternoon, they would be promoted back to the Championship at our third attempt. I thought about how much this meant to me and I realised how much the walking must mean, for me to be out on the fells rather than be listening in a pub or even at Elland Road. I was confident they could do the business, and pretty sure we could manage our task for the day too. We arrived at Leck Fell House and parked up in the layby 50 yards short of the farm. As we got out to prepare it felt freezing, and I think it had to be the coldest I have felt yet. The wind was gusting and if someone had offered me a get out of walking and get back in the warm car card, I would have taken it. We are made of tougher stuff than that though, and we wrapped up and set off for walk number seven of our Yorkshire tops challenge. Read the rest of this entry »