: All Around the Edge
29th July 2010
was surprisingly wet underfoot. Yes, I know that
it has rained nearly every day since the hosepipe ban
was announced but this is Limestone country and I expected
it to have drained away.
were exploring Mallerstang Edge. Or to be more
precise we were exploring the moorland plateau that
stands rather higher than the Edge. In fact, other
than on the return to the car, we hardly saw the Edge
Edge from the River Eden
sun was shining brightly when we left the car by the
River Eden near Dale Foot and I was worried because
it had never occurred to me to cream up. Would
I end up frazzled?
once we did not choose the direttissimo route onto the
fell and as a consequence soon found ourselves knee
deep in nettles and breast high in bracken.
Edge left, Wild Boar Fell right, Stan and Tony in the
the skyline we could see some strange shapes and on
reaching them discovered a series of long-abandoned
buildings. The map says it is an old quarry but
it looked more like a mining village.
the time we reached the first summit of the ridge- High
Pike Hill, any concerns I had about sunburn were long
past. It had become a grey day. We could
see the moorland stretching ahead of us for miles, each
top and various non tops marked by a series of cairns.
on High Pike Hill
of the Edge + Ingleborough & Whernside
was taken in a peat hollow out of the wind on High Seat
before pressing on to Gregory Chapel and then Lady’s
back to High Seat
Chapel with the Yorkshire 3 peaks- Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough,
the optimum route back to the valley took a lot of map consultation
but we eventually found our way
down the strangely named Home Gutter then Hell Gill
the top of a ravine we met a family where one daughter
was giving a good impression of the girl in itzy-bitzy-teeny
weeny- yellow-polka dot bikini. She had been exploring
the possibility of descending the gorge, dressed appropriately
in her swimsuit but was afraid to come out from behind
the rocks! Mother solved the problem with a towel
and we had a look down the ravine. It looked descendible
but now I am not so sure.
Gill Force is
apparently a 25 foot drop waterfall! However, for the
second outing in succession (see BB1027
and Graham's photo of what we didn't see last time),
we missed out on viewing the falls. Instead, in
ignorance, we rounded the ravine, dropped to the Hell
Gill Wold Old Road and headed north.
provided pleasant walking on what was now a grassy track
with a fine view of Mallerstang Edge to our right and
Wild Boar Fell to the left. Just before the road
dropped away to the valley there was a most unusual
sculpture by Mary Bourne called Water
Cut, which provided
a team photo opportunity with a difference!
afterwards, we came across one of the brass rubbing
plates similar to those Margaret and I had seen on the
we had thought of returning by the paths on the other
side of the river but the walk had taken longer than
expected so we opted for the shorter, but harder on
the feet, road slog back to the car. This took
us past St
Church (doors closed to keep out swallows and locked
to keep us out).
was a touching memorial in the graveyard to the men
killed whilst creating the Settle to Carlisle railway
who were buried there.
Edge from the valley road
the lovely hamlet of Outhgill, the final item of note
had thought it was the home of Uther Pendragon, the
father of the Once and Future King, but, as it is described
as a Norman keep, if Uther had lived there, it must
have been an earlier building.
Boar Fell from the castle
we completed the circumnavigation of Mallerstang Edge
and were approaching the car, the sun made a welcome
return. Far too late to worry about suncream!
It had been a longer than expected walk but Bryan,
recently returned from his Alpine adventure, declared
himself as feeling not the slightest bit tired. Fortunately,
the effects of high altitude training wear off after
three weeks or so!! Meanwhile, here are a couple
of tasters of what he was doing last week.
29th July 2010
climbed in feet:
& Stan: 6, Bryan:
7 (all unchanged)
Don, Stan, Tony
you have Memory Map on your computer, you can follow
our route in detail by downloading BB1028.
see which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights see: BB Log.
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A Snowy Equipment Test
Thursday 21st January
Leave It To The Professionals
Thursday 28th January
That's A Lyth Record
Reasons To Be Cheerful
One, Two, Three
Thursday 11th February
Can You See Clearly Now?
Thursday 18th February
In Memory Of
Almost a Mountaineer!
The Beginning Of The End
Thursday 11th March
The Free Men on Tuesday
We'll Get Them In Singles,
The Fools on the Hill
The Windmills on the Moor
By Lake, Ridge and Wainwright
The Ten Lake Tour (+5Ws)
The Kentmere Challenge
Saturday 24th April
Winter in Springtime
Thursday 14th May
Red Screes and Sausages
The Mile High Club
What A Difference A Day Makes
Rendezvous on Haycock
The Men of Gragareth
The Smardale Round
Don't Shun The Shunner!
All Around the Edge
The Return of
Saturday 30th January
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