Sunday 21 July 2019

Carlin Gill and the Hills to the South of Said Gill!

Out with @ianwood2011 today, and a trip to the Howgill fells...avoiding the school holiday hordes. We parked near the foot of Carlin Gill (OS name, I have always understood it to be spelt Carling?) and set off up Carlin Gill with an overcast sky and a stiff breeze.....

We both thought the path used to be more obvious n the lower part of the gill, but the walking isn't very taxing.

Further up the gill narrows and the path climbs above the bed of the gill.

We paused to look up the side beck of Black Force...neither of us have ever ascended this...and looking at the looseness of the "rock" I doubt we ever will!

Not much further up the gill is "The Spout", a bit of scrambling is required to get past this obstacle.
Beyond the waterfall and it's associated scramble the ground levels out a bit, we had our butties in the vicinity of Blakethwaite Bottom. It was then a stiff pull up to.... 

....Docker Knott. Here Ian is checking Viewranger,  I think checking the identity of distant hills.

We then walked the ridge over Over Sale, Taffergill Hill, Stowgill Head, Breaks Head and onto this point which is in fact unnamed on the 1:25000 map. A good view to the South and the 3 peaks tho!

Next on the agenda Fell Head, a superb view down the Lune Valley all the way to Morecambe Bay in the distance. It was incredibly windy here.
It was down hill almost all the way back to the car from Fell Head over Linghaw, Knowles and Back Balk.
A good round this, if it hadn't been so windy we would have probably have walked over to The Calf and back....although it isn't a very logical extension, if that kind of thing bothers you!

Wednesday 17 July 2019

Silver How Wildcamp

A great spell of weather just recently here in the Lakes. As Wednesday is one of my days off work I planned an overnight camp. Parking in Grasmere I decided to head up onto Silver How. Heading round the back of Allan Bank, then up by Wray Gill.....

Seat Sandal, Greenhead Gill and in the distance Fairfield from the track round Allan Bank

Across Wray Gill (normally a reliable source of water but last night only a trickle) to the Eastern Fells...Fairfield et al.

Just over half an hour to the top, I was rewarded with the view to Grasmere (not in this image) and Rydal Water.

Time was getting on, and after a chat with a guy who was also planning to camp (in my preferred spot no less!) it was time to find a likely pitch. In the near distance was where I ended up.

A last look down at the two lakes before I went off to pitch up.

I found a good pitch, soon had the tent up and the sac unpacked. Windermere in the distance.

Not so much unpacked as scattered to the four winds!
Wetherlam in the distance.

Nothing really sunset wise, but the sky o the North was rather good.
I turned in, and had a decent nights sleep.

Dawn didn't bring much in the way of a sunrise, again looking North there was a bit of colour in the sky.

I got packed up and walked back over the summit.
Here looking east, the other temporary residents tent on Silver How.
Then it was back to the car, descended the same way I'd ascended he evening before.
 Enjoyed this short trip! :-)