We found a good spot in Kirkby Stephen and that’s how we managed to do a very nice walk on a very nice day.
As the hail pounded the windows of our rented cottage and turned our world white we thought about M and S and hoped all was well.
The weather on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday was poor to say the least with everything thrown at us, mist, hail, sleet, snow, torrential rain etc, temperatures were very low at times and the ground very water logged.
A walk per day was done despite the weather and more on this bit of adventure will be written about in due time. It’s something i have been meaning to do for quite some time.
Thursday, the forecast was for a glorious day throughout the UK and a perfect opportunity for us to get aloft. I have been to the top of Nine Standards before but Sheila hadn’t and was enthusiastic about wanting to do it. So as the saying goes “A willing volunteer is better than 10 pressed men” or something like that.
We started from the watershed on the B6270 road. As it happened the whole of the Nine Standards Moorland was shrouded in cloud but the South West side of the valley was completely clear with blue skies and visibility across to the high Cumbrian fells. Their tops white.
We took the opportunity of going up onto High Pike Hill 642 metres and then across to Fells End. It’s a steep start to the day and a warm one. The last of the cloud rapidly burned off as we ascended.
Reaching the cairn the views were wonderful and the sun was making progress clearing the cloud on Nine Standards.
Taking a very vague track North led us to Fells End with expansive views.
On the journey back down to the B6270 we chatted to a chap with a friendly Border Collie for a few minutes. He was here for the same reasons as us, because the clag was down on Nine Standards.
High Pike Hill, centre.
Cairn on High Pike Hill with Wild Boar Clough in the background.
View North from Fells End.
Cloud burning off the fells.
Our luck was in today, on reaching the road the last remnant of cloud was disappearing. The tops were clear so we will get a view. The alternative route of the Coast to Coast was our track. It’s a wide grassy path leading through a fenced off area of limestone pavement. There are many shake holes and deep shafts in this area which thankfully are also fenced off.
Following the wall round to Rollinson Gill is the start of where the boggy walk begins. A number of locals we had spoken to in Kirkby Stephen didn’t have a good word for the walk up to Nine Standards. Never again, bogfest, Wellington boots, dire were words used as well as others. They were not wrong. Once onto the plateau the morass is extensive and care is needed to pick out a descent line. In poor weather this would be awful.
Crossing the direct Coast to Coast path by the broken signpost with the finger board missing to Nine Standards, Sheila went down knee deep in the green and black smelly stuff. Just like Scotland this i said and laughed. Good job it was sunny.
To the south of the viewpoint there is an Ordinance Survey trig point but for some reason there is no identification plaque. Just as we reached the trig point a flock of Plovers took flight. I guess around 15 of them. Great to see.
As it had been such a boggy ascent i decided that we wouldn’t retrace our steps but take a direct line back down to the quarries above Rollinson Gill. This proved a good choice as the ground was firmer although with deep peat groughs reminiscent of Kinder Scout, which had to be steered around.
On Tailbridge hill the paraglider's were out in force trying to find the thermals. We watched for a few minutes.
The protected limestone pavement.