Saturday, 12 October 2013

A-Walking: two routes from Low Borrow Bridge

During the weekend of 4th-6th October, Stockton Rambling Club organised no fewer than eight walks in the Shap area of Cumbria. As part of the SRC Walking Weekend, four walks were held on Saturday while the other four took place on Sunday.
The two A-Walks were led by Jane Thompson (Saturday) and Phil Barker (Sunday). The two leaders are pictured below. Each of the walks covered a distance of 12.5 miles and both incurred about 3000 feet of ascent.
A-Walk leaders

Jane's walk followed an easterly anticlockwise route from Low Borrow Bridge and finished at the lovely village of Orton. The route took in a delightful section of the north-western Howgill Fells and included Carlin Gill, Black Force, Blakethwaite Stone, Docker Knott, Bleagill Head, Simon's Seat, Middleton, Langdale Beck and Raisgill Hall.
Phil's route also started from Low Borrow Bridge. However, his route went in a westerly clockwise direction towards Borrowdale and finished back at our base-camp at the Shap Wells Hotel. Phil's route took in Borrowdale Wood, Whinfell Beacon, Old High, Mabbin Crag, Ashstead Fell, Borrowdale Beck, Breast High, Bretherdale Head, Greenholme, Scout Green and Salterwath.
Over the weekend we had quite mixed weather. On Saturday's walk the conditions were good and we had some fantastic views of the Howgills. However, on Sunday we had lots of mist and rain and the visibility on the high ground was minimal. Nevertheless, we had some great walks.
A selection of some of the photos that were taken during the weekend's walking expeditions (and the pre-walk checks) can be seen by clicking on the pink button below:

Many thanks to Jane Thompson and Phil Barker for taking the photographs.



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