Route

Route


Walk leader* Route* Weather* Walkers* Apologies and Excuses* Comments* Evening Meal* Picture Gallery


Walk leader

Michael


Route

Disused quarry at Mallerstang - Ais Gill - Angerholme Pots - The Nab - Wild Boar Fell - Sand Tarn - Swarth Fell - Far Cote Gill - Quarry.


Weather

Better than forecast. No rain, and sunny spells. Warm out of the wind. It became much brighter later on.


Walkers

Michael, Michelle, Ron, Sandy, Beth, George B.


Apologies and Excuses

Ashley and Bernie - Blaydon Race

Carol - couldn't make it

Alex - GCSE revision

Evelyn - had a cold


Comments

Michelle has always wanted to do this walk, to the fell where the last boar in England was shot. Interesting railway - hard-working freight train going uphill, but the promised steam train did not appear (apparently it broke down). There were "thousands" of people at the car park waiting for the steam train. Angerholme Pots were deep and fenced. The limestone pavements were ordinary, and not very extensive. Wide-ranging views from the top ridge. Well-formed cairns (like Jenga stones) on the top of Wild Boar Fell. Beth chased all the gulls away from the tarn.

The ground was very dry, apart from the bog that Michael walked into when he took a deviant route. Huge holes, badger-sized. Had shandies and prawn crackers in Kirkby Stephen. Not many people on the route.

Wildlife: Thousands of caterpillars, climbing up the rocks. The hillside was moving with them. Two nests with young - a skylark and a meadow pipit. Heard lots of curlews. Saw wheatears, a wren in a pot, oystercatcher, lots of skylarks. Black-headed gulls, common gulls.


Evening meal

Fox and Hounds at Cotherstone. Very nice, good food, and actually had too many veg. Joined by Evelyn.


Picture Gallery

Walkers

Most of the walkers

Train

Hard-working train

Arches

Underneath the arches

Viaduct

Viaduct

Pothole

Pothole

Mallerstang

Mallerstang

Cairns

Cairns

Wild Boar Fell

Wild Boar Fell

Howgills

Howgills


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