Friday, 14 September 2012

A-Walking: Ash Fell to Sedbergh via West Fell

Our three walks on Sunday, 9th September, each took place in the Howgill Fells area of east Cumbria. The A-walk started from Ash Fell on the A685 road; the B-walk commenced at Newbiggin-on-Lune; and the C-walk set off from Ravenstonedale. All walks finished in Sedbergh.
The A-walk was led by Phil Barker (pictured below). There were six people in the group.
Phil Barker - A-walk leader
During the initial part of the walk we followed a westerly bearing - dropping down to Ravenstonedale and then making our way to Coldbeck and Will Hill. From here we continued our westerly trek to reach Weasdale and Scar Sikes. At this point we changed direction and headed north to Brow Foot.
At Brow Foot we changed to a south-westerly bearing and headed for Bowderdale Foot where our route now took us in a southerly direction towards West Fell. We commenced our ascent of the fell and then had a short lunch-stop at {NY 667 031}. There were some wonderful views both to the north and east of us.
From the lunch-stop location, we continued our climb up onto the top of West Fell. As we walked south towards Hazelgill Knott we had some superb views of the Howgill Fells. Indeed, seeing Green Bell, Randygill Top, Kensgriff and Yarlside on our left brought back some great memories of previous walks in this area - particularly our gruelling ascent of Yarlside a few years ago.
We continued our southerly trek and after visiting The Calf, Calders and Winder we dropped down from the high ground in order to reach Howgill Lane at {SD 641 929}. From here, we walked along the road in an easterly direction - passing Lockbank Farm on our left - thereby making our way to our final destination in the centre of Sedbergh.
Some of the photos that we took during today's walking expedition can be seen by clicking on the pink button below:

Many thanks to Phil Barker for taking the photographs.



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