: Up The Spout
week’s aching muscles reminded several of us that we
weren’t as fit as we used to be. How would we
fare this week with a potentially more strenuous outing?
change from Thursday to Wednesday did not prove universally
popular, especially as the forecast for today was for
winds of up to 75 mph! Perhaps not exactly ideal
circumstances to blood new BOOTboy,
Spout was our first objective so we parked just beyond
Keys Temperance Inn,
crossed the River Rawthey and set off in that direction.
The early morning rain had finished but it was
not yet the best of days.
wondered if the wind might be strong enough to blow
the water in the falls upwards. The climb became increasingly
steep, albeit on ground with well-laid stones. The
falls are quite spectacular but the water was continually
obeying gravity- the wind here was not sufficiently
strong to cause any other result.
Spout comes into view
back down Cautley Home Beck
up on the lower Spout
Spout upper falls
the upper falls came into view we diverted to the right
and then began the even steeper climb to Yarlside in
increasingly windy conditions. Reaching the shoulder,
we dropped down the other side somewhat for shelter
to take what some thought was a coffee stop but for
others was lunch!
view to the north from the Comitibus stop
to a greater or lesser extent, we pressed on to the
summit in an extremely strong and uncomfortable wind.
Not a place to linger.
400 foot steepish drop and 260 foot sharp climb brought
us to Kensgriff summit from whence the original plan
had been to carry on to Randygill Top and Green Bell.
Not today. We had had enough of the howling
gale and opted instead to drop down by Stockless Gill
to the other side of the valley.
back to Yarlside
shows the way off Kensgriff
back across to Yarlside and Kensgriff
path down the valley involved first a brief
climb partly up Wandale Hill.
the weather been kinder this summit might
have been our final objective but not today!
We continued along the path down the valley.
strange feature was the amount of frogspawn
lying on the grass- not in puddles.
route we stopped for first / second (delete
as appropriate) lunch, now in full sunshine.
Narnthwaite we followed the path that swings northwest
to cross the beck only to discover that the means of
crossing is a ford and the beck was in spate. Unperturbed
we took the alternative path down to the footbridge
only to find that it no longer exists and the public
footpath signs have been extensively removed (albeit
not from my recently purchased mapping software). The
consequence was a longer and less pleasant than necessary
detour to the north east followed by a road slog back
to the car.
not our longest walk of the year to date, by some distance
this had had the most climbing and much of it fairly
steep. Old age continues to creep up on us! Several
of us were showing signs of weariness although James,
it must be said, had coped well.
6th April 2011
subsequently sent this information:
couple of links of interest concerning yesterday’s walk:
is to photos & report of a climb of Cautley
Spout in winter.
is to the rescue
of the climber who fell there and died last year (on
climbed in feet:
Spout, Yarlside, Kensgriff
Don, James, Pete, Roger T, Stan
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A Promenade of
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A Little Bit Of
Home From The
Taking The Brunt
Up The Spout
Not The Royal Wedding
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