BB0623:  Selside Pike revisited

If you remember our first visit to the Corpse Road (see BB0608), you may recall that Stan argued that we had approached Selside Pike from the wrong side and that we should have approached from the other end of the Corpse Road, in Swindale.

Given that Bryan was not there to argue plus the fact that we wanted a shortish walk to get back into condition and to allow Philip to return to Kendal in time for a meeting, today Stan got his wish.

Mind you, there were a few senior moments at the outset.  I forgot my butties and had to go back for them.  Philip forgot his flask but didn't discover it until too late.  And Stan had a near argument with a farmer who, he was convinced, was trying to keep us off his land, unlawfully.

"Look" said Stan, "both our maps show the Corpse Road starting here at the Swindale Head Farmhouse so why are you telling us to carry on up the valley? Eh??  Eh???".

"Because this is Truss Gap Farm, you dozy set of nerds. Swindale Head Farm is up the valley!!!!"

The approach to Swindale

Team  picture at Selside Pike shelter

And so it was!  The climb was initially quite steep but then gentled out onto Selside End and a drinks break at Selside Pike shelter.  The weather was remarkably good- there was a little window of opportunity according to the forecasters and they were right.  

Swindale from Selside Pike

Kidsty Pike from Selside Pike

There were excellent views down to Swindale- a lovely little valley yet seldom visited other than by water engineers who may still have ambitions of damming it.  Kidsty Pike was also clear but High Street was in cloud.  Haweswater looked a little low (but don't tell those engineers).

There are some superb place names around here- Captain Whelter's Bog, Geordie Greathead Crag,  Hobgrumble Gill across which we skipped in its upper reaches as we headed for the hanging valley of Mosedale where a huge flock of sheep was been herded into pens on the fell by about 8 dogs and three farmers.  We started to descend by Force Falls where we had lunch and I almost needed my suncream!  These waterfalls are lovely with the native deciduous trees clinging to the rocks alongside the beck.

Mosedale Beck

Sheep.  Or are they?  Click to find out!

Force Falls

Once down in the valley it was an easy stroll back to the car and an enjoyable if illegal return by the engineers' road to Shap where the clouds started to gather ominously to close the window.  Good timing!

Don, 31st August 2006


7.0 miles

Height climbed:
1,732 feet

Selside Pike

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