Sunday 21 April. This is my last post from what has been a most enjoyable holiday based in Kirkby Lonsdale. There has been some rain and at times strong winds but I’ve still managed to walk on twelve consecutive days totalling almost 89 miles with over 15,000ft of ascent. Each walk had its merits but for me, the day in the Howgills was perhaps the best as it gave a sense of adventure and was certainly a challenge.
I think that the “4 Ladies” enjoyed their walk and well done Josephine for walking on each day of her holiday. There were so many new born lambs in the fields and there was only one picture in mind to add to this post.
The following table is a statistical summary of each walk.
||Ings to Kentmere
||Hutton Roof Crags
||Kirkby Lonsdale/Ingleton Falls
||Sedbergh & Garsdale
||Stainforth & Feozor
||3 Way Wander
Friday 19 April. Just me plus two for today’s 7.5 mile walk with 1,360ft of ascent starting from Leck. The wind had dropped to a light breeze making this walk all the more enjoyable. We followed the course of Leck Beck to Ease Kirk Gill where, miraculously, the stream ran dry and must have gone underground as often happens in this limestone country.
From here we made the turn for home by beating our way through heather on open moorland without any definitive path. Eventually we came to a broken wall near Big Meanie Pot where we had lunch in the sunshine. We then visited a number of other pot holes as well as Rumbling Hole. Each of them seemed to have a tree growing out of their caverns. From our viewpoint at lunch we could see Heysham powerstation (18 miles away), Morecambe Bay and further north, the Coniston fells.
The last leg of the walk was 2½ miles down the road back to Leck.
Wednesday 17 April. The overnight weather forecast for today wasn’t very promising so we hadn’t planned a walk. Heavy early morning rain gave way to clearing skies and the Met Office didn’t predict rain again until about 3pm. So I gave the ladies a call to see if anyone wanted to come out to play. Amanda took the day off but the 3 remaining ladies joined me for a 6.2 mile walk with 650ft of ascent starting directly from my caravan.
The fields are full of lambs right now and we came across quite a few that had been fitted with plastic weatherproof jackets. Our route took us up onto the nearby fellside before dropping down towards Casterton. Walking down a narrow country lane we came across a small lamb which had somehow escaped from its field and had become trapped between a wire fence and the roadside hedgerow. We couldn’t see a way to help it from the roadside and there wasn’t a nearby farm marked on the map to report the problem. We just hoped that the farmer would spot it when he/she came out to check their flock.