The tent was going to Jane at the Square Cafe in Broughton and she had kindly offered to make us an evening meal and we take the wine. We had a good night chatting, the food was excellent and the wine went down well and midnight came all to soon. Thanks Jane for the meal and the company.
So after a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast we headed off to Seathwaite. Turner hall campsite to be precise. It was a stunning day. Summer had arrived. Jackdaws were noisily going about there business and the Buzzards were being buzzed by all the other birds, and especially the Peregrine.
The Duddon ValleyWe got the tent up and chilled out in the sun for an hour or so until hunger had us raiding the supplies.
After lunch i had always wanted to climb one of the local Ghyll’s. I cannot post the name of it because it provides drinking water for quite a few residents and they wouldn’t be too pleased if hoards of Ghyll scramblers started using it for recreation.
By the time we had ascended to the ghyll we had quite a sweat on and was glad of the cool water in the shade of a Rowan tree. The views down the Duddon were quite resplendent on such a stunning day.
The Ghyll was a real surprise with a number of waterfalls and lots of copper ore in amongst the hematite and quartz.
Reaching the top of the ghyll the water disappears underground so we sat there for about 20 minutes just enjoying the scenery. On the way back we managed a quick beer in the Newfield before heading back to the tent.
Recently i purchased a tent from Dawn and un-beknown to me she sent me a couple or 3 stoves to have a play around with as well as the tent. I brought 2 of them with me to give them a try.
One is a Bushbuddy wood gas burner and the other is a Trangia triangle.
The Bushbuddy and Trangia triangle stoves. White Pike behind.Post weekend i can now say, The Bushbuddy doesn’t do it for me and that goes for all small wood burning stoves. I just don’t think they are efficient enough for our UK weather and need constant attention and charging. I wouldn’t take it backpacking but it would make an ideal smoke provider to get rid of the midges.
On the other hand the Trangia triangle is a super little stove and it worked very well. I think a secondary windshield will be needed for bad weather but all in all i would backpack with this.
The windshield that is available on the Clickstand stove would be ideal but a little mod to the triangle would be needed.
Saturday dawned exceptionally hot and by 6.30am the tent was sweltering. Even though i wasn’t in a sleeping bag the temperature ensured we got up and out quite early. I wanted to do Hard knott today and picked a route that i thought would provide us with some great views, especially over the Scafell range.
I parked up just adjacent to Cockley Beck bridge and set off along the route of the old Roman Rd heading for Black Hall Farm. BHF was once a Youth Hostel many moons ago but now it’s just a hill farm. The tops of the surrounding fells were all covered in a veil of white cloud but sun lotion was a must.
Black Hall farm and Wrynose PassThe dogs barked at the farm as we approached but the path diverts away from the buildings and we never saw the noisy Collies. Underfoot was lush grass and we thought just how green is it here. We were headed for Castle How, an impressive upthrust of rock.
Approach to Castle How, just beyond Sheila and to the left.Our track bears right just before the How and skirts the North side of the forestry heading up to the shoulder of Harter Fell. The trees here had been recently felled and so the mess left was not pretty and the path up was very boggy in parts.
We were supposed to have been on the old Roman Road over Hard knott pass which led to the Fort on the other side. There is no sign of it as far as we could see.
Achieving the watershed the views were good to Harter Fell, down into Eskdale and in the opposite direction through Wrynose. The Fort built between AD120 and AD138 could be seen but our goal was hidden by imposing Border End.
Eskdale and remains of Hardknot Fort
Following the boundary line on the map which isn’t to distinctive on the ground we made our way around Border End through numerous boggy bits before finding the cairned summit. There are lots of similar “Tops” in the vicinity and i would say the actual top would be awkward to locate in poor weather.
Sheila top of Hard KnottThe top is a great place to sit and admire the spectacular views. We had picked a lucky summit today as we were cloud free whereas all around us the summits were still covered in mist. With little breeze we stayed quite a while admiring what today looked really alpine before heading north to Lingcove Beck. Here we stopped for lunch and in the distance we could see our first walkers of the day.
Stunning views of the Scafell range in mistThe walk back down Mosedale was decidedly boggy as i knew it would be but it’s an interesting glacial valley and we didn’t mind the boggy bits. I kept looking back half expecting the Scafells and the Crinkles to be clear but it wasn’t until we got back to the car did a peak become free of cloud.
Scafell peaking out of the mist
Little Stand now clear and Wrynose Pass