BB0611 Carlin Gill

Thursday 18th May 2006

As Don is away it has fallen to me to communicate the events of this weeks perambulation. Unfortunately it will be recounted without Don's flowing prose as I am a man of much more limited literary capability. But someone has to do it!

And so it was that on a day which the Mountain Weather forecast predicted "heavy showers and strong to gale force winds" the three of us (Tony, Stan and Bryan) ventured off to the Howgills to face whatever was to be thrown at us.

In Tony's case he was hoping for the predicted heavy showers to occur as he had now decided to take this walking lark seriously and invested in a brand new, top of the range, Lowe Alpine cag and watherproof trousers acquired from one of his extensive list of 'contacts'.

Sitting in the back of the car on the way to Carlin Gill I listened to Stan and Tony comparing notes on Kendalians that they knew. The day was to be a history lesson on the people and places (primarily pubs, landlords, and customers it seems!) of this fair town of ours. There seems to be very few people they don't know.

Anyway, back on the walk. We parked the car at High Carlingill farm, underneath the Howgills and overlooking the M6, and set off up Carlin Gill. The wind was blowing strongly and we intended to stay in the relative shelter of Carlin Gill beck as long as possible. This proved to be quite 'interesting', although Tony would probably use another word. Suffice to say that at various points the way looked impassible although there was a path which at times traversed some steepish ground. At one point Tony got to try scree running for the first time in his life. I think he enjoyed it? This was a new route for myself and Stan so we weren't always able to answer Tony's question "It doesn't get any ******* harder than this does it???!!!". 

Eventually we came out on the tops and headed for Docker Knott before turning towards Breaks Head. The wind was pretty strong up there and we headed downhill a little way before settling down to partake of lunch. Or rather Tony and I settled down. Stan tried to but unfortunately let go of his sit-mat which then took off downhill with Stan hurtling manically in pursuit. Half way through my 2nd sandwich he re-appeared. He had descended some 400 feet before catching up with the mat and then faced the climb back up. I should point out that sit-mats cost a £1 or so, even in Shutty's. However Stan's dedication to not littering the environment should be applauded.


 As is now traditional team photos were taken at the luncheon stop, although on this occasion two were needed as Tony has not yet mastered the timer on the camera. After that it was on to Fell Head. The wind had now strengthened considerably and it was quite a battle to make progress in places - similar conditions to Coniston the other week but without the hail stones. The sun tried to get out as we dropped down the ridge and over Linghaw before arriving back at the car - just as it started to rain for the first time!!

 A nice steady day.


Bryan, 18th May 2006


5.5 miles

Height climbed:
2,100 feet

Map reference:
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