Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Two Bridge Surveys in Eskdale

Today we were back in Eskdale surveying two more bridges. We were familiar with the first having walked the route often. Not the greatest weather, low cloud on Bowfell in the distance. The lambs very young here Following the River Esk up the valley So little water coming off it today
The first bridge (Lingcove Bridge) comes into view
We knew there was some damage to this as we had reported it to the Ranger in March before we knew we would be surveying it.
Some of the stone abutment has been dislodged
Strange stalactites hanging from the soffit
Heron Crag
We managed to cross the river to get over to the other path (otherwise we would have had to walk back to Brotherilkeld), we came across this clump of Primroses
The other bridge was on Scale Gill, which had a nice waterfall as a backdrop
Scale Bridge
The waterfall from down at the beck
Looking down on the Esk valley through the bridge
We just have the bridge (if it exists) at Sineytarn Moss to do & that is Eskdale completed for bridge surveys.

Monday, April 26, 2010

St Georges Day

On Friday we went to a St Georges do with some of our friends, it was in aid of help for heroes. Just about Lesley. Bernie & Andy Leslie & Bernie (note Andy holding the England flag)
Leslie & Bernie
A really good night out at the Celtic Club

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Harter Fell & Bridge Surveys

Today we headed over to Eskdale to climb Harter Fell & complete some bridge surveys. To climb the fell we parked across the road from Wha House (where Karen stayed when she found & bought our house)
A short walk though the woods to begin with
The trees seem to be entwined here
Further up the valley is Bow Fell
Sca Fell to the left
Green Crag which we walked in October 2008.
The Wasdale screes from their other side are the fells in the distance
What's that in the sky?
After 6 days our first vapour trails
Some interesting rocks, more suited to the Glyders in North Wales
The fell in the distance is Black Combe
The last section quite steep
Skirting around these crags
Duddon Sands in the distance
We make it up to the summit, Harter Fell 653m, it is one of those fells that you can't see the summit until you are right at it - thanks Crag!
Bess looking across to Sca Fell & Scafell Pike
Starting the descent we find another shorter but steeper route off
Across the valley is Blea Tarn which we will climb to for our surveys later
Looking back up at Harter Fell
Descending back into the trees
Cooling off & a drink in the beck
We then drove to Boot, we have never taken the road to the hamlet & were surprised at the houses & shops there
This was peat farming area, these derelict cottages
Harter Fell & Boot
We then had a walk along what appeared to be a very old wall
Harter Fell & Green Crag
The first bridge to survey
More cottages, the one to the right has a new roof on it, so may be being used
A panorama of Sca Fell around to Green Crag
Blea Tarn
The next bridge
We forgot the GPS, but took a bearing from the second bridge to the third & searched for it, we are pretty sure this is where it once was, you can see the abutments. We will check with the park & if its not the right spot we will head back with the GPS.
Walking back to Blea Tarn
I am getting really tired now, I think I will hang onto this stick for a while
We think we have found an excellent wild camping spot here for when the nights get warmer
The 3:50 departure from Dalegarth, the Lal Ratty steams its way back to Ravenglass
Everyone is watching it pass below us
Passing Beckfoot station
A great couple of walks in the glorious sunshine & two exhausted dogs tonight
Finally a few pictures of the hedge we laid last month that is starting to burst back into life. We were back volunteering at Ennerdale again yesterday. This time without the BBC.