Sunday 31 August 2014. Today is the last day of summer and my last day of walking from my base in Kendal before moving on to Clitheroe tomorrow. It was a beautifully sunny day so I made the short drive to nearby Staveley for a 6.8 mile walk with 970ft of ascent. Although not in the high hills of the Lakes, Staveley is a good starting point for a relatively easy walk with fine views. This walk had two stiff climbs to reach Potter Tarn, a steady descent and then a couple of miles of riverside walking on the Dales Way to get back to Staveley.

I’ve seen quite a few Swallows flying around over the last couple of weeks and thought that it won’t be long before they leave these shores. I was therefore surprised to see a clutch of fledglings in a nest made in a farm barn doorway.

Although the weather has been mixed during my time in Kendal, I’ve still managed to do 8 walks totalling 62 miles and 16,000ft of ascent. I fulfilled my ambition to go down Gapping Gill; ticked off 6 new Wainwrights and added 3 new Howgills tops. It has been most enjoyable and, as the weather seems likely to better next week, I’m a little sad to be leaving but will be back at some time soon.


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