Monday, 30 April 2012

Clunters Gill to Gragareth

Parked at Clunters Gill bridge at the head of Kingsdale
and set off through the wood

out of the wood
went left to follow the wall up

Inglebourgh comes into view
Lichen on the wall
and an old wood cart ? chassis
 follow the wall uphill
looking back
plod on, the wind was getting strong but blowing behind
 at the top Pheww ! needed a blood transfusion
followed the wall left to keep out of the wind , the Bear opened the Bistro at 2005 feet, lamb and mint
burger, petite pois, baby carrots, mashed potatoes and a 2009 South African Pinotage Rose.
looking back to see Penyghent and Inglebourgh
and Whernside
headed for the high ground to find the Trig. but it was super boggy (think being found in 2000 years as a leather peat bog man)

Here's one for Steve (Fell Finder) and Mark (Beating the Bounds) Gragareth Trig overlooking Arnside Knott
the wind was gale force

back to the top wall over looking Braida Garth farm to the Limestone pavements on Scale moor and over the valley to Raven Scar on Inglebourgh
and Whernside
with a tele-photo of Penyghent
and looking down on Ingleton
 Steep !
and down through the Milstone grit which has been worked since Neolithic times

managed to find a damaged one

final views of Inglebourgh
and Whernside with cloud forming on top
then back down to the car and a drive down Kingsdale with photo's of the dry river bed 

it only flows after high rain when in flood the rest of the time it's underground to re-appear at Keld Head
final shot before main road and home
just thought I'd share cheers all Danny


  1. Danny,
    Thanks for allowing people like me to accompany you on your tours even if it's just in my mind's eye. You have a real talent for capturing the mood of the day's adventrure through your photos. Another winner. Cousin John in Obamaland.

    1. thanks John we don't do bad for such a tiny over-crowded island, though not many folk go up here
      thanks for comment

  2. Kingsdale is an interesting area Danny, I had no idea that millstones were once produced up there. Mind you I know the inside of those hills better than the surface having spent a significant part of my youth exploring the likes of Rowten, Jingling, Bull Pot, and the amazing Kingsdale master cave. I keep threatening to go back and explore the area more with my camera but so far have not got any further than Scales Fell in that direction. I must say I am always impressed with your hill food for the day, puts my sandwiches and a packet of crisps to shame.

  3. Yordas cave is my limit, the Bear looked into Lancaster hole
    Scales (Fell)? or Moor ?
    I must admit to getting lazy with taking the gas stove I'll have to get the brass and paraffin collection out !
    thanks for comment

    1. hi DaD certainly got a treking tour on this one ...have you worked out... how many KM yoiu walked...the moors to look a bit boggy ... that ram ed make a nice jumper... tThankyou big hug xxxxxxxxjustine

    2. Hello Justine, you've lived in Italy too long I don't work in Km. Do you still know what 5 and a bit miles are ? but felt like 10 so steep, boggy and tussock'y and the Rams a sheep ! hugs back Dad

  4. Hi Danny. Like David, the last time I was in Kingsdale was for a trip down the master cave. It was cold and wet - and that dinner you've just eaten would have cheered me up no end. I must get down that way again. There's obviously much more to see than the average walker - or caver - realises.
    All the best, Alen

    1. Let me know and I'll open the Teddy Bistro
      cheers Danny

  5. I've only ever climbed Gragareth from the Lancashire side, usually from Bullpot Farm. I don't think I've ever met anyone else when I've been up there. Any view which includes Arnside Knott is a good one as far as I'm concerned.
    I suspect this means that Gragareth must be included in my pipe-dream 'Arnside Knot Skyline' LDP.

  6. Hi Mark, that sounds like a great rainy day project a named sky line panorama from Arnside Knott ? lottery fund grant - engraved plaque and a seat at the summit ?
    cheers Danny

  7. Awwww, what a hike Danny!!

    That does look like a great bit of fell walking that just can't be missed. You have wetted my appetite for a stroll in the region, even if it's just to bag that Trig!

    Glad I've finally had some time to myself to be able to read this one. Great stuff.


    Steve :)