Breakfasting and reading the map I was intrigued by a public footpath on access land ending at a wall in the middle of nowhere. Such things spark my curiosity. Would there be a big hole or a notice saying "there be dragons?" I have noticed these fascinations elicit no such reaction from others who perhaps question the balance of my mind. I pretty well knew nothing much would be gleaned, but there was also a tempting little hill just beyond: spot height 429m that promised a decent view.
From Garnett Bridge I followed the familiar footpath on the western side of the characterful River Sprint which gave rise to one of my favourite posts when I was exploring that little river some time ago.
If you use the search box on this blog entering "River Sprint" you will find other posts relating to the lower sections of that exploration.
From Docker Nook I was onto new territory climbing all the rest of the way to my little 429m summit. All the gates, and there were many, scored highly for ease of opening (I score each one out of ten.) I think European grants have contributed to gate refurbishment here.
At path's end no big holes or dragons, but at least a gateway through the wall with a smashed up gate lying forlornly - perhaps some previous quirky-map-attributes-addict had been frustrated by a nil nil result. I was now walking in shirt sleeves only and shorts for the first time this year - what pleasure, and in particular not having to remove gloves every time to consult mapping on the iPhone whilst manipulating walking poles which always end up falling on the ground. I've attached wrist loops to gloves so that they can just dangle.
The predicted view from 429 delivered. There was a distant sighting of Skeggles Water, almost hidden in the folds of the landscape. I walked a circuit round that little tarn fairly recently. Here again I find this sort of re-visiting from a different location rewarding (almost exciting) which others may not understand, but for me it is part of my motivation and I suppose an inherent desire for exploration.
I was now fired up for a bit more adventure and chose a pathless descent across rough terrain to eventually meet up with my route of ascent.
|Strange path liners|
|Bridge End farm|
|Docker Nook farm. New paths for me from here and the start of the long ascent|
|Zoom to Skeggles Water from summit 429m|
|My descent route from 429 - 'twas steeper than it looks here|
|Looking back to 429|
|Just before re-joining the ascent route|
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|Detail of path to nowhere's ending and summit 429m|