Sunday, 13th July 2008

             

      

 

Walk: Fountain's Fell - Monk's Road, Malham Tarn, Pennine Way, Fountain's Fell, Darn Brook Fell, Littondale
Start Point: Arncliffe Village Grid Reference: SD 932 718
Distance: 15 miles Ascent: 1,818 feet
Time: 7.75 hours    
Weather: Broken cloud in the morning and early afternoon, sun later in the afternoon. Good visibility all day.
Comments: Six walkers enjoyed ideal conditions on this long but pleasant walk. The bright conditions made for good views of the Three Peaks from Fountain's Fell. We met the 'last local' in Litton, who introduced us to his wild turkey.

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Heading up Monk's Road we leave Arncliffe behind

 

Time for a break beneath the rocky limestone outcrops

 

Like a carpet beneath our feet

 

Malham Tarn

 

Group heads down to join the Pennine Way

 

Marie and Mandy enjoy the easy walking

 

Malham Tarn Field Centre

 

Limestone outcrops on Malham Moor

 

Name that valley!

 

Climbing Fountain's Fell with Malham Tarn in the distance . . .

 

This is steeper than it looks . . .

 

and there is still more climbing

 

Ray 'walks the plank'

 

Mandy hasn't lost her legs - she's just standing in a hole!

 

It's cold on the summit of Fountain's Fell

 

Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough from Fountain's Fell summit

 

A rocky patch in an otherwise gradual descent

 

Pen-y-Ghent catches the sun

 

Who's telling who where to go?

 

An interesting gully - there are caves round the corner (according to the map)

 

Halton Gill, near the top end of Littondale

 

Heading down to Littondale

 

The River Skirfare - the man on the left has a wet suit on!

 

Litton

 

A friendly farmer told us that this turkey flew into his yard 2 - 3 years ago . . .

 

and enjoys 'strutting his stuff'!

 

Is this squeeze stile wide enough?

 

Mandy shows the way

 

An ideal end to the walk - sun and a soft grassy path

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