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My blog nick-name is SIR HUGH. I'm not from the aristocracy - my middle name is Hugh which relates to the list of 282 hills in Scotland compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. I climbed my last one (Sgurr Mor) on 28th June 2009


Sunday, 9 August 2020

Lune Valley - Larum Gill

Saturday 8th August 2020 - Lune Valley - Larum Gill and Luge Gill - 3.5 miles approx. (there and back)

If you look at the 1:25 map below you will see that this there-and-back route is not on a public right of way.

As I perused the map for a short but interesting walk I noticed this gill running up into the Barbon hills and couldn't resist. If there had been a "Private" or "No admittance" notice where I left the public road I would have been put off, but there was an openable gate, but no evidence of the track marked on the OS map, just fields alongside the gill.

The gill was in lively form as I dodged along glancing across at farm buildings on the other side - fortunately I was pretty well shielded by trees and I was soon out of sight of any occupation. The tumbling beck with pure brown but clear water cascading in mini waterfalls was all I had anticipated and on this hot sunny summer's day all was delight. Up until now there had been other gates set for opening but at a point where the gill developed steeper sides running into an old broadleaf wood my way was blocked by a padlocked gate. I looked over and contemplated climbing the gate, but I could see no path in the woods and much bracken and undergrowth and from there continuing to follow the gill would have been a nightmare. 

I climbed out onto the track marked on the map and now well defined on the terrain and continued pleasantly round the edge of the wood. At the end of the wood I was able to descend back to the gill at a superb location where it bifurcated and running back high up into the slopes of Calf Top, but although enticing my plan for today did not involve going that far. I was able to follow the water again as the sides became steeper and more wooded, and again I had to climb out back to the track. That opened out onto sheep-cropped land and more climbing to get me to the edge of the access land on the fell proper. Splendid views ahead up to Calf top with various options for further progress would have to keep for another time. Looking back the other way I could see the long range of the Lake District hills peeping up over the high horizon. Here I stopped and munched a pasty bought from our bakery shop on the way out. I had been apprehensive about meeting a farmer and whilst this had been a most njoyable and pretty walk I would be a little hesitant about repeating without permission.

I was able to follow the map marked track nearly all the way back, at least until I had to branch off a couple of hundred yards to get back to the gate accessing the road.


If one looks at the third photo from the end that was taken with my Panasonic TZ 80. The final photo was taken with my iPhone 6s Plus. I have fiddled them both a bit in Photoshop but not much. There is a huge difference in colour bearing in mind these two photos were only taken about ten minutes apart and broadly showing the same landscape from slightly different positions. The iPhone photo is more dramatic and probably exaggerated and lurid with the colour, whilst the Panasonic is to me more natural, I am torn between the two. The decider for me is being able to use the Panasonic's zoom facility to frame shorts easily and also have the option of the natural viewfinder. The iPhone just does not work ergonomically for me. I know I have had this discussion with fellow bloggers before on this subject, but having seen this recent comparison which was not done deliberately for this reason I wanted to give it another airing. I took the iPhone photo so I could "share" it on a Message for son and daughter back at home which is a valuable plus for the iPhone.

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Flowing through the meadow just after I left the road, but still lively

Sides getting steeper
Here I crossed the old railway with some difficulty because I was following the gill and not the track marked on the map

The streams divide. I followed left until I had to bail-out as the gill became too narrow and overgrown and was also barred by a high barbed wire fence, I guess to put off deer

The gill is now down in those woods - we are looking up to Calf Top further right

Zoom to Lake District hills - Caw to the left (pointy) and then The Old Man of Consiton etc.

Taken with my iPhone from just inside the access land whre I rested for a snack and soaked up the views

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  1. I'd also choose the Panasonic photograph Conrad. Lynne uses an old Panasonic Lumix DMC-T27 and I often find the colour representation is more accurate than on photos taken with the, supposedly, better Sony which I normally use. I sent comparison photographs to my cousin, a keen photographer, and he chose the Sony ones every time because of the better resolution (20mp Sony against 12mp for the Panasonic) and the Sony has a better sensor. The Panasonic is better in low light than my Sony that much is certain.

    I'm always taken aback when I read about you needing permission to walk anywhere given the free access up here, but it's not always a good thing and is currently being abused by louts and idiots. They don't need 'educated' as some say. They need prosecuted.

  2. Good little expedition. I notice you ate your snack on 'access' land presumably to avoid nervous indigestion. Just about to read your next post on access and trespass.
    I must have been up Calf Top but have no recollection. Barbon Dale is another of my blind spots.

  3. afoot - I'm glad you agree about the photo comparison. I think the camera records more or less the truth whereas our memory of the scene is more rosy - wishful thinking?

    You are fortunate with your right to roam but you have the disadvantage of not having many footpaths shown on the map. Perhaps that is an advantage keeping your known paths more exclusive.


    BC - I was hungry and took a huge initial bite of that pasty and damned nearly choked, but it was a good location and I was glad I had held off until I arrived at my destination.