Sunday, 23rd November 2008

             

          

 

Walk: Bowderdale, Bowderdale Head, Cautley Spout, Cautley Crag, Great Dummacks, Calders, The Calf, Hazelgill Knott, West Fell
Start Point: Bowderdale Grid Reference: NY 677 046
Distance: 12.8 miles Ascent: 3,100 feet
Time: 6.25 hours    
Weather: Dry with some sun in the morning and overcast in the afternoon. Very cold northerly winds particularly on exposed ridges.
Comments: A large group of sixteen ignored the forecast and were rewarded with a dry day with good all round views. Above 500 metres there was a thin covering of snow particularly on eastern slopes. Thawing snow in the valley made the conditions under foot very wet on the outward journey, and an icy cold headwind on the return leg deterred any loitering.

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There is a covering of snow on the M6 as we approach the Howgills . . .

 

but the sun encourages us on our way as we leave Bowderdale . . .

 

and make our way up the valley

 

Some of the group seek shelter in the gully whilst the stragglers catch up . . .

 

and the sun is still with us as we look back down the valley . . .

 

before finding a sheltered spot for a morning break

 

Crossing to the opposite side of the beck . . .

 

we start to make our way round to Cautley Spout which can just be seen to the right of the crags

 

Gary and Keith pause for a photo . . .

 

looking towards West Baugh Fell

 

We begin to get a better view of Cautley Spout, one of the few cascade waterfalls in England . . .

 

and can see Cautley Holme Beck making its way to join the River Rawthey

 

After crossing Red Gill Beck . . .

 

 

 

 

we are in for another climb . . .

 

to Cautley Crags

 

Baugh Fell opens up in the distance

 

Mind your step now!

 

The sun highlights the rolling nature of The Howgills . . .

 

and Ian sneaks in a quick cuddle on Great Dummacks!

 

The group inspects the cairn on Calders

 

Not much shelter from the cold wind as we stop for lunch . . .

 

and the wind on The Calf is bitterly cold

 

Anyone brought their ice skates . . .

 

as we look over the frozen tarn to the Lakeland Fells

 

Making our way over Hazelgill Knott . . .

 

and West Fell we head back to the cars

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