Harper Hills NY 510 144
Hare Shaw NY 497 131
Nameless NY 492 143
Nameless NY 496 149
Nameless NY 505 152
Hugh's Laithe Pike NY 502 151
Friday - 25th March
Bowland Climber has bought a new car. It is described as: "a something or other MCV."
Keen to demonstrate, BC offered to take us on from my house to the start of our next Outlying Fells trip. Not sure what to expect I Googled "MCV" and learnt that it was a "Manoeuvre Combat Vehicle with a 105 inch anti-tank gun." I presumed BC had plans for forthcoming trips on non-access land where some resistance may be encountered, or perhaps he had flipped and decided to become a grouse shooter?
Fortunately Chapter 50, with its seven Wainwright summits, takes the circuit of The Naddle valley access land, a rarely visited venue sandwiched between Haweswater and Swindale (even Swindale is remote with only limited motor access).
Since I purchased Memory Map's 1:25000 map, and after years of wandering across all our countryside, regardless of trespassing or not, I have become amusedly aware of access land as now delineated on the new map.
Thursday was a day of non-stop rain, and as I write this on Saturday we have had non-stop rain again - talk about weather windows - our day in between was glorious. And even though this was a bank holiday weekend we never saw a soul, not even at a distance, all day.
Sadly, having driven through Shap at various times of day recently I notice that the well favoured Abbey Café appears to have closed.
This walk was on a fifty-fifty mixture of tracks and some pretty rough going over tussocks, bog and heather, but all sheer delight with an uplifting feeling of isolation.
The 105 inch anti-tank gun was not deployed.
|Our route is up on the ridge to right - to left looking down Swindale. Gowther Crag is the dark area - a good climbing crag|
|On the way - Scalebarrow Knott on skyline|
|Knipe Scar - another Outlying from a few posts back|
|From Harper Hills summit. The pointy one left end is Kidsty Pike|
|"Chimmney" as marked on OS map and mentioned by Wainwright.|
|Dam end of Haweswater from Hugh's Laithe Pike, our last summit|
|BC looking back to our last summit|
|The deer on this zoom shot were about quarter of a mile away|