Langhowe Pike NY 528 134
Nab Moor NY 503 111
Howes NY 502 151
High Wether Howe NY 515 109
Fewling Stones NY 513 117
Seat Robert NY 526 114
Great Ladstones NY 532 123
Within the last ten days my tumble dryer packed in, my tv. remote packed in, and now, my camera got dirt on the sensor creating a blob on the images.
The Panasonic Lumix TZ40 is almost 2 years old to the day bought from from Wilkinson Cameras in Kendal - cost £225. I went back to Wilkinsons, but they made no offer of recompense whatsoever.
So be it. So what do you do?
I ended up buying the TZ60 (which is already obsolete) and now only costs £190 and additionally of value to me: now 30 x optical zoom, an optical viewfinder, and updated image stabilisation. I could have saved buying on-line but there is the danger of unsupported foreign imports, and at least I can go back to Wilkinsons for advice. The photos here were taken with the new camera and so far I am well pleased. The larger zoom is much more practical with the increased stability, more so at 30x than the TZ40 was at 20 x.
The obvious place to start our walk was Truss Gap Farm down Swindale, but we knew there is a huge project afoot by United Utilities taming the river and installing a fish ladder and parking is almost impossible, so we decided on the location shown on the map. That was a good job. Out of Shap we took the turning to Keld, but there was a road closure notice for those going on to Rosgill, Swindale, and Haweswater.
In previous posts I have praised Dunnerdale, but I think Swindale is my all time favourite Lake District location. There is no vehicular access beyond Truss Gap Farm, and there is a unique atmosphere of calm in this steep sided valley supporting a rich mixture of crags and trees. Walking was easy and sheer delight in glorious cloudless sunshine as far as the end of the valley. The climb up to Nab Moor and then Howes was strenuous to say the least and from there onwards the rest of this long round was mainly across tussocky, pathless, boggy terrain. There is a track shown on the map, but it is often water-logged and indistinct, and it is frequently more practical to take alternative routes. This was fell walking for the connoisseur. We had a welcome lunch-munch on the side of a steep magic stream descending from Howes and there was great temptation to stay longer and soak up the sun.
Later, on reaching Seat Robert, our next to last summit, I sat down at the large cairn and I noticed BC followed suit without comment. We both finished off our flask drinks. That is the only time on all these walks we have done together that we have taken a second proper rest.
Shadows were lengthening as we went for Great Ladstones and picked up the last part of the track back to the car, mainly on cropped turf, providing the best walking of the day and a pleasant finish to our biggest walk so far, and for me, I think the most enjoyable and rewarding.
|Langhowe Pike - looking down into tempting Swindale|
|Descending into Swindale|
|United Utilities at Truss Gap constructing river re-direction and fish ladders. I hope they are going to do a job on landscaping when they've done...|
|...and it doesn't look as though much thought has gone into this ugly bridge which has replaced the perfectly adequate and integrated footbridge that has been removed.|
|Zoom to the main climbing face on Gowther Crag - BC has climbed there but not me. Unfortunately it was in shadow at this time in the morning.|
|Where the river comes into Swindale from on high. In wet conditions there are some of the best, but little known waterfalls in Lakeland up there.|
|More of Gowther Crag|
|Back down Swindale from well up towards Nab Moor|
|Mosedale Cottage - well off our route to the south. It is used as a bothy - visited by me on my Broads to the Lakes walk which ended an hour or so after my visit when I fell descending Nan Bield Pass and cut a vein in my leg - happy memories?|
|Fewling Stones (I think - all a bit confusing with seven summits) - only three more to go|
|Rest number 2 - Seat Robert|
|Lengthening shadows at Grreat Ladstones|
|We walked clockwise starting at the yellow road, top right|