Mixed up border country for this walk. I drove on the A684 to Garsdale and turned expectantly right up the minor road past the station for the first time ever (as far as I can remember). Garsdale is geographically in Cumbria but in the parliamentary constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale. Sadly Westmorland no longer exists as a county. I parked at Galloway Gate, still in Cumbria, but my route soon took me over the border into Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
After swigging hot coffee in the car I was off into murky cloud and much reduced visibility at 8:25 am.
The track shown on the map leading to the fenceline following the county boundary did not exist. I was into heather, and tussock-yomping for the next four kilometres before I dropped down into Widdale.
In the dim distance I spotted an unusual sized and shaped bird perched on a fence post and managed to get a quick zoom shot. The bird took off and came straight towards me, gliding superbly completing a detailed examination of this rare human - I must have been as strange to this Short Eared owl as the bird was to me. That kind of sighting is the sort of thing that makes a particular walk memorable - not a bad start to the day eh?
My route circumnavigated Widdale Fell which includes the trig point summit of Great Knoutberry. I went to that summit in much colder conditions on 19th November 2005.
|The quality may not be good, but I was well pleased with this|
|Marked as "pot-hole" on the map. I didn't clamber down to investigate|
|Great Widdale tarn|
|Looking back at the steep, treacherous descent into Widdale|
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|Across to Dodd Fell on the descent into Widdale|
|The distant hills to the north of Wensleydale|
|Looking back down Widdale. I think the hump is Wold Fell|
|Start - Galloway Gate - left middle - anti-clockwise|