: Where Eagles Wade
17th November 2009
couple of months ago, Stan was persuaded by his son,
Martin, to undertake a monster walk from Burneside over
to Mardale and back. Organised by the Long
Distance Walkers' Association, it was entitled Where
Eagles Fly, referring
to the fact that it runs close to the Eaglesí nesting
place in Riggindale. Billed on the LDWA website
as a 25 miler, the route map shows it as 26.2 miles.
Whichever, too much for me, but Stan completed
was a shorter option, a mere 18 miles, that Stan had
been keeping up his sleeve for a BOOTboys wet day out.
Today was that day! To be fair, he eased
the pain by moving the start from Burneside to Mirefoot,
thereby saving us nearly three miles, for which I am
from the distance, I had a couple of concerns before
we set off.
first was that the ground underfoot might prove to be
extremely soggy, with some streams impassable after
all the rain recently. If there were to be any eagles
landing in our vicinity, they would have to be good
second was that we should be off the hill before the
evil weather arrived with the dusk.
over Ghyll Pool to Kendal
back to Potter Tarn
climbed up from Mirefoot alongside the unnamed ghyll,
past the Ghyll Pool, to reach Potter Tarn and then turned
east to reach that little gem of a tarn with the equally
remarkable name, Gurnal Dubs.
Dubs into the sun
insisted that I navigate from here as on his marathon
the group of people with whom he was walking went wrong,
despite his advice, so he left them. He wanted
to see if I made the same mistake. I am delighted
to report that I passed the test and took us on the
Fell and Whiteside Pike across Longsleddale
by the occasional light shower, we passed by the summit
of Potter Fell and across a very boggy Black Beck. Fortunately
Dockernook Gill had a footbridge or else it might have
been a much shorter outing!
Forest might well have been a forest once, but there
is no such sign now, simply open moorland with a clear
view of Skeggles Water.
Forest with Skeggles Water in the distance
had it in my mind that we might return via Skeggles
Water and from my recollection of the surrounding ground
in the summer, I anticipated that, today, we might end up swimming. However, first we had to drop down into
in Longsleddale with washing for Margaret
with solarization for me!
Sadgill, the view of the lovely old bridge was somewhat
compromised by the sight and smell of three dead sheep.
is the point on the Where Eagles Fly walk that you can
choose whether to continue up the Gatescarth Pass and
over to Mardale or wimp out and turn left up the bridle
path over to Kentmere. It would not have been
a difficult decision for me!
was wrong about visiting Skeggles Water. Our route
lay directly over the fell to Green Quarter in Kentmere.
out of Longsleddale.....
and dropping into Kentmere
than swimming, we had to endure a long severe shower. It was quite unpleasant, near hail.
My energy levels were decidedly flagging at this
point. Fortunately, the rain ceased as we dropped down into
Kentmere and at Green Quarter we found a welcome seat
on which to sit and eat our rather delayed lunch, in
which several hens took a close interest.
and the hens' lunch
and rejuvenated, the
route back was over undulating but relatively low fellside,
very wet underfoot in parts before we reached the tarmacced
section near Littlewood Farm.
dropped down on a pleasant woodland path through Spring
Hag where there was a surprising amount of leaf left
on several of the trees.
Hagg Foot, the LDWA route went down to the river at
Cowan Head. However we turned up past Hundhowe
and over to Mirefoot to reclaim the car.
Knott from near Littlewood Farm, reinterpreted!
my concerns, it had been very boggy underfoot but the
streams had been passable and the evil weather had had
the good grace to hold off until our journey home. In
fact, excluding the harsh shower, it had been a good
birdlife, we saw a kestrel and a heron but as for eagles,
there were none, neither flying nor wading.
17th November 2009
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17th November 2009
Tarn, Gurnal Dubbs,
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: Not How But Where?
: Binsey Can Wait
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: It's not a W!
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: The Third Night of the Rescue
: Long Wet Windy Monty Bothy Fun?
: Dear Mrs Scroggins
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: An Ard Day's Hike
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Thursday 1st October
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Thursday 8th October
: When Yorkshire Was Welsh
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: Aye Up What?
: Where Eagles Wade
: After the Floods
: The Mystery of the Missing Glove
: A Too Short Walk
: One Hundred and Onesfell
: Back to the Beginning
: BOOTskiboys in Saalbach
- 21st March
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