: Don't Shun The Shunner
8th July 2010
threatened as we left Kendal but we had every confidence
that deep in the Yorkshire Dales, all would be fine.
We parked at Hardraw, near Hawes and set off up
the Pennine Way. It was a long, steady climb with
the view changing only slowly. Our objective was
Great Shunner Fell.
distant Great Shunner Fell
had toyed with the idea of going up via the woods above
Cotterdale but as they were temporarily closed due to
forestry operations that no longer seemed such a good
were several fledglings in the hedgrows. The
confirmed my suspicion that they were juvenile goldfinches.
back down the flagged path
path climbed steadily and, as it crossed the open moorland,
was extensively flagged though whether with local or
Indian stone we were not quite sure. Given the
number of feet that pass this way and the damp nature
of some of the terrain, the path before flagging must
have been pretty awful. Now, it is mostly easy
we met only one other person before reaching the excellent
summit shelter- thank you, Wensleydate Round Table. Lunching
out of the strong breeze, there now appeared a succession
of walkers, mostly heading south.
Great Shunner Fell summit
Great Shunner Fell
Shuuner Fell is feted as a view point and, indeed it
is, but the distances are long and the views not that
distinct. Nonetheless we could make out the Three
Peaks, Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleboroguh and Whernside peeping
out in the southwest and Swaledale to the east.
Ingleboroguh and Whernside
next objective was Little Shunner Fell but having left
the flagged Pennine Way onto increasingly damp moorland,
it seemed to have little to offer other than a potential
wading exercise so we by-passed it and headed south
for Fossdale Moss. This was actually drier than
strange piles of stones
passed some very strange piles of semi ordered stones
plus a couple of small tarns and several shooting butts
before discovering what can only be described as a motorway
that is unmarked on our map. A vast sum of money
has been spent on putting in a packed stone road
all the way up from the valley, proving that shooting
must be very big business indeed.
butt number 4
Gamekeeper arrives on the motorway
met a gamekeeper who confirmed that it was so the clients
could drive their Mercs and BMWs high onto the fell,
eliminating uncomfortable trips in LandRovers and people
of gamekeepers, you know the old story of a sign of
aging being when policemen look young. I remember
one day coming back from London on the train sat opposite
a young looking policeman and concluding that I must
now be very old because he was actually a chief constable!
Well, gamekeepers are generally thought of as
rather grizzled mature men. This one wasnít any
of those things. Actually, she was a rather
attractive and very young woman!
followed the motorway down for quite a distance
before reaching a gate which, although open,
made it pretty clear they didnít want the
likes of us passing through.
we took a sharp descent to Hearne Beck and
then joined what the map calls the Hearne
Coal Road (Path), where Tony took great
interest in some haymaking equipment.
must have been abandoned for some time as
he pronounced it to be horse-drawn.
gets excited at haymaking equipment
Hearne Coal Road (Path)
path led to the Pennine Way and back to Hardraw. Tony
had told us what an attractive village it was, so, having
plenty of time in hand, we had a good look round. The
old school is now an outdoor centre for the lucky pupils
of William Hulme Grammar School in Manchester.
The church (St Mary and St John) is attractively
located by the river and provided a convenient bench
for us to have a coffee stop.
Hulme's Outdoor Centre
the other side of the road, by the bridge,
is a nice little memorial garden.
river had a mother and two baby ducks of
some description.The RSPB website suggests
they might have been female red-crested pochards
but I am not altogether convinced.
Mary and St John's church
bridge from the memorial garden
reaching the car, we discovered we had only done 9.5
miles, so, to ensure we reached double figures, we walked
up the road towards the farm where some extraordinarily
expensive equipment was involved in haymaking, not exactly
miles achieved, we could go home satisfied.
however, I feel less satisfied. We had seen the
sign to the waterfall, accessed through the pub. What
it didn't tell us is that it is the highest
single-drop waterfall in all England, that you can walk behind the
waterfall and, if the sun is shining, you may see many tiny rainbows over the
water! Sounds like we missed a treat.
Shunner Fell is not one of the more spectacular destinations.
If it were not on the Pennine Way, it probably
would only receive a tenth of the traffic that it experiences.
However, it had made for an interesting and worthwhile
walk in pleasant countryside.
other words, donít shun the Shunner! At least,
not the Great One.
don't miss the waterfall!
8th July 2010
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W, who has not been able to join us for
a long time due to knee problems, wrote:
for the latest account of your wanderings;
keep them coming, as it's good to be reminded
about what's out there awaitng my return.
can confirm that in not going to see Hardraw
Force you and the others missed a treat,
but as consolation and an incentive to get
you and the others there sometime, I attach
a copy of a vertical panoramic image
I took a few years ago (on a real camera!!
and which I have just submitted as an entry
in a landscape photo competition).
is a very impressive place and one can walk
behind the waterfall, but it's quite scary
getting there for the last few yards behind
the water in the sense that there is overhanging
rock above you, much of which does not look
too solid; it's the sort of place one doesn't
linger too long. Nevertheless, well worth
seeing and experiencing.
didn't say whether he had taken the oppoortunity
to skinny dip in the pool. For those
who want to be reminded of Graham skinny
dipping, see BB0407.
usual, click on the photo to see it in its
climbed in feet:
& Stan: 6, Bryan:
7 (all unchanged)
Don, Stan, Tony
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