Thursday, 2 June 2016

6 Fell Tops in 6 Days!

North West Murvi Van Walking Tour 2016

Yorkshire 3 Peaks, the Fairfield Horseshoe and the Kentmere Horseshoe

My walking has been going well this year. Things seemed to fit together to take our motorvan on a 'walking' tour - starting with a Murvi Owners' Club Meet in the Yorkshire Dales at Chapel-le-Dale.

Four Murvi Vans at our Yorkshire Dales 'Base Camp'

We went to look at the famous Ribblehead Viaduct

Working anti-clockwise from Chapel-le-Dale, our first peak is Ingleborough - seen here the day before our walk

On the day of our walk, Ingleborough was in the rain cloud - here climbing up the boulder path to the top - at 723m (2372ft) the second highest in the Dales. Setting off at 7.00am. we arrived in good time after 64mins of climbing!

At the top of Ingleborough - one Peak done!

The path to Horton took us across classic limestone pavement terrain

An imposing view up to the north end of Pen-y-ghent

Having a 'breather' before the serious climb up the rocky edge

Relaxing at the trig point - 694m (2277ft). Although overall that high, the direct ascent is a challenge! We met another walker doing the Pennine Way (who kindly took the pic!)
We reached this, our second top on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks (after 10 miles) in 4 hours - and realised we were on a good schedule!

Looking back at Pen-y-Ghent to give an idea of this massive block of limestone

This is the necessary long road section - rather unforgiving.
The view is towards our third challenge - the highest Dales top that is Whernside 
Pausing for a classic photo in front of the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct 
We kept the pace going - into the driving rain to the trig point on the top of Whernside.
At 736m (2415ft) it is the highest peak in the Yorkshire Dales.
We arrived there after 22.6 miles in 8 hr 17mins. Realising our overall time was pretty good, we made the descent and push back to the start and the Old Hill Inn! 

A happy bunch of Yorkshire 3 Peakers!
We covered the 25.4 miles in 9hr 17mins, with a total climb of 2585ft!
[Average age of this Murvi Walking Group - 67 years!]

Chris and I then drove over to the Lake District to meet up with my Audlem Rambling Group for our Spring Weekend. There a few photos of our walk.
Using your imagination, track the classic Fairfield Horseshoe Walk, from the base at the YHA in Ambleside, working clockwise around to Rydal Hall.
From here, the four of us A walkers started the ascent of the horseshoe - taking in Great Rigg at 767m (2516ft), already higher than in the Dales.
Then onto Fairfield top in the driving rain and cloud.
At 873m (2864ft), it a significant Lake District mountain - unfortunately, we had no views.
We didn't stay long due to the cold and wet and carried on around, taking in Hart Crag and Dove Crag.

From one 'woolly' to another at Rydal Hall, Ambleside

Three of the four of us, looking down from Great Rigg to Lake Windermere

Looking back up at the descent from High Pike

 This photo was taken the next day from our campsite - looking south across Windermere with Fairfield in the centre.
The walk we did was 13 miles in total and climbed 3792 feet

A photo of Wray Castle, near to our Campsite

Our motorvan on it's National Trust pitch at Low Wray

My third walking challenge was to meet up with my mid-week Ramblers, the North and Mid Cheshire Group for a day on the Kentmere Horseshoe - again, a south Lakes Classic!

We had great weather and wonderful views.
Here looking west from the start of the horseshoe. We are on Kentmere Pike, which at 730m (2395ft) gives great all round views.
We will walk the ridge in the photo from right to left - with Ill Bell being the top on the left

Looking north, down onto Small Water tarn

Climbing up Marland Ill Bell

At the highest point on the Kentmere round - Thornthwaite Crag, a mighty pile of stones to mark the summit, a mighty 784m (2572ft)

On our way back, but yet to climb the Ill Bell summit at 757m (2483ft)

We had been on our 'Walking Tour' for 8 days taking in 3 classic walks!
The highest tops of each giving a walking wonderland of 6 classic tops in 6 days!!

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