Monday 10th June 2019 - Rotherhope Fell - NY 712 394 - 596 metres
Springwatch partly blames the decline on the modern method of cutting silage two or three times per year which doesn't give these birds time to lay, brood and then fledge the young. The old bridleway is generously wide with ample uncultivated deep grass verges on either side where I think the curlews had nested. - I guessed they had young hidden there and their calls were aimed at me as a potential predator. In April 1987 I had been more concerned with the logistics of my ambitious twenty mile a day target rather than musing on the habitat of curlews. I even had the name of the village misspelled in notes from my journal:
When the boundary wall finished I took a beeline across heather moorland for Rotherhope Fell trig point. The going was rough with peat hags again. About a kilometre from the trig I crossed a plastic terrain matting track and noted this for my return. The trig is perched, wild, isolated and silent with an ambiance of space and freedom - views across wilderness in all directions - were those some old lead working ruins nestling in a deep cut valley far below? It was all breathtaking and worth the effort of my toils across the rough moorland.
I was able to pick up the plastic track on the return All the moorland I have walked across in the last few years has had new Land Rover tracks carved out, often highly visible from miles away, and now this plastic stuff is prevalent, but at least it is not as highly visible as the stony tracks. I was back on the Pennine Way track much sooner, but now further south than where I had veered off on the outward journey. At the side of the track there was s mini quarry, now with two ponds of water, this apparently the source of the new yellow stone excavated to "enhance" the grouse shooter's road.
|The start of the Pennine Way bridleway out of Garrigill going south|
|Back to Garrigill - up to here the track is still on old stone - rough underfoot|
|Just beyond where the track bends right it had been "enhanced" with new stone|
|This, and the next are peat hags. I know I have viewers from abroad who may not be familiar with UK moorland so this gives some indication of its nature|
|Shooting butt. Here the grouse shooters await the unfortunate grouse that fly overhead after being flushed out by beaters from behind|
|Zoom seven kilometres away to the "communications" equipment on Great Dun Fell|
|Plastic matting to convey the shooters in more comfort I suspect - they will have paid plenty for the privilege|
|The source of the new stone and its showing on the track. I wonder if it will weather in time to a more sympathetic appearance with the environment?|
|Near Maughhanby Farm. I took a more general photo showing the distant horizon and Blencathra but the hill was not even visible - the zoom below recorded my pleasure in seeing my favourite Lake District hill to such advantage|
|The purple shading is The Pennine Bridleway which coincides with the Pennine Way here. The straight blue is the northern limit of OS Sheet 91|
|All three trigs here mentioned shown in general context. Note how close Maughanby Farm is to the western boundary of Sheet 91|