Saturday, woke up to horizontal rain pounding the window, Teddy wanted another bag of leaves and to hibernate till spring ! but I’d packed the haversack the night before and printed two maps and laminated them, Plans A and B. B won - Gisburn – Settle bypass – Ingleton – Cowan Bridge – Leck – parked at the first gate on Leck Fell - SD 66560 78306 you had to wave your arm about to clear the mist to see your hand
So I made a drip coffee ( Lavazza) and ate an oat square kindly donated by Simon, at Pennine Cauldron Cafe – Skipton road – Foulridge – Nr. Colne (home made and local produce open 5 days/week closed Mon. Tue.) after about an hour it began to clear enough to set off. Looking back down to Leck
followed the tarmac road as far as Leck Fell House then along the Bridleway
in among the clouds
after I’d gained some height I set off back diagonally for the top cairns to look down on the “ Three Men”
it wasn’t working too well though as the mist was condensing in it and dripping, it was wetter in than out !
here’s one for Mike Knipe and all the Lichen fans, and I got a wet knee !
the mist was thick again so I pressed “go to” on the Garmin for the next cairn waymark SD 68089 78184 I doubt you can see it even if the clag was up because it’s sort of up and over and round the hill, anyway it loomed out of the mist
and I could see the Shepherds Hut ! SD 68099 78127 all I can say is they must have been hardy buggers !
I then played “go to” back to the van and set off trustingly,(first time in 50 odd years I didn't get the compass out, though it was in a pocket) to come out of the murk spot on
with a brief glimpse of the Three Men and another higher that I mist in the clag probably you can see the Shepherds Hut cairn from it ?
then a final view back down to Leck and the way home with the river Lune glinting in the sun