Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Another one in the bag!

Another lovely day - very windy to say the least but lovely sunshine. A fried breakfast set the day up and off we went to Kettlewell for the start of our walk. A popular trail but one we had made up and tracked using Memory Map last night. I swear by my handheld GPS running Memory Map software. Although most of the trails are well trod, the summit of any peak can often get confusing and my GPS has made life simpler on many an occasion!

A steep climb up towards Hag Dyke at the start of the trip and then the short scramble to the summit of Great Whernside with the wind steadilly increasing until the arrival at the 'trig' point when it was a hard job standing still and jumpers and jackets were quickly unpacked. It makes you have a greater respect for these hills when you witness first hand just how quickly the weather can turn.

Lunch was had sitting in a totally wind-proof and very impressive sheep fold before the continuation on towards Black Dyke and along Starbotton Road returning back to Kettlewell via Top Mere Road and Cam Head.
The arrival back to the car park was greeted well and none less so than for Simba....
The day ended with another BBQ, (dodging the showers and using the car as shelter from the wind,) along a stunning litle beck with scenic views all round.
It's not hard to see why I find myself feeling so at home here - just take a look..
...it's so remote and rugged!
Typically, the weather is set to turn from tomorrow for the next 2 days so wlaking may be limited and we may have to become more of a tourist for a while. Another good day is forecast for Friday with temperatures set to soar for our return journey home on Saturday.


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