Sunday, 1st June

             

      

 

Walk: Mallerstang Valley, High Dolphinsty, The Nab, Wild Boar Fell, High White Scar, Swarth Fell Pike, Grizedale Common
Start Point: Lay-by off B6259, Mallerstang Road Grid Reference: SD 774 969
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 2,350 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Initially dry but overcast with good visibility. Wind strengthening from an Easterly direction with valley temperatures approx 11C and on the summit approx 7C. Dry underfoot due to previous warm sunny weather (pity we didn't have some today!)
Comments: Three people, including the leader, enjoyed a mixture of valley, moorland and craggy scenery. Good views were had of Wild Boar Fell from the valley during the early part of the walk. However, true to forecast, the cloud soon began to lower from the East and rain had set in before we started the ascent of Wild Boar Fell (our first objective). We came across swathes of marsh marigolds which added a splash of colour to the valley. Less pleasant was the barbed wire stretched across the top of a wall stile - tricky to negotiate! Hardly any people were encountered during the day except for 3 marshals on Wild Boar Fell summit who were packing equipment onto a large quad bike. Before they all piled onto the quad bike and roared off into the mist, they told us that it had been the annual 'Mallerstang Horseshoe and Nine Standards Rigg Yomp' (23 miles). Dipping out of the cloud for a while we made our way up Swarth Fell yet again to be rewarded by no view at all before descending to Grizedale Common and following the valley back to the car. Despite the cloud and steady rain we all enjoyed the walk.

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The 'group' gathers for a photo at the start of the walk

 

Wild Boar Fell can be clearly seen from the valley . . .

 

but rain clouds are gathering on the opposite side of the valley

 

Barbed wire tightly stretched across the top of a wall stile impedes our progress

 

Even though the streams are just a trickle . . .

 

marsh marigolds can be found in the boggy ground at lower levels

 

The bridge carrying the Settle / Carlisle line provides an interesting perspective for a photo as we stop for elevenses

 

The clouds beat us to it as we approach Wild Boar Fell . . .

 

but they clear as we approach Scriddles Crag

 

We are treated to a fine view of Mallerstang Valley from The Nab

 

The last of the competitors of the 'Mallerstang Horseshoe Yomp' can be seen heading down the ridge . . .

 

but the clouds close in again as we reach the summit cairn

 

The cairns on Yoadcombe Scar loom out of the mist

 

Swarth Fell summit is also clagged in

 

View from the summit!

 

Eventually we do get a view from Grizedale Common as we head back to the car

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