Sunday, 22nd March 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Sedbergh, New Bridge, Side Farm, Frostrow Fell, Long Moor, High Hall Farm, Dent, River Dee, Ellers, Burton Hill, Gap Wood, Millthrop, Sedbergh
Start Point: Loftus Hill car park Grid Reference: SD 657 919
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 1,200 feet
Time: 6.25 hours    
Weather: Fine all day
Comments: Lucky for some, 13 of us set off on a fine Spring day on this walk to Dent. Considering it was Mothering Sunday there was little by way of the scent of bacon cooking or toast burning as we wended our way through Sedbergh, and past Winder House before striking down to the river. Here we met a man out walking his Alsatian dog which had sadly lost the use of his back legs but was assisted by the use of an ingenious trolley. Bionic or what? A short walk along the road led us to a small enclosed lane leading onto Frostrow Fell via Side Farm. What a lovely haven of tranquillity this is, spoilt only by the exuberance of two farm dogs which ensured that anybody sleeping inside was soon awakened.

Now began a gentle rise up Frostrow Fell, an area of scrubland embroidered with tracks and sheep trods. The views looking back onto the Howgills were truly magnificent. However it was a case of take your pick of the tracks and hope. We obviously had more luck on the recce as the track we chose led us directly to the ladder stile. On this occasion we found the wall but no stile. “OK, I give in. What have you done with the stile?” After a short period of deliberation and the use of a pair of binoculars the said stile was espied which was a relief as it was there we enjoyed a coffee break. Even the sun came out.

Here onwards it was all downhill, initially over the scrubland of Long Moor following a clear path. Scrubland gave way to cropped grass, stiles and gates. A Ramblers version of the Krypton Factor was played out to the amusement of the rest of the group as the back marker and ‘friend’ worked hard to fathom out how to close a gate opened only minutes earlier. We headed down towards Dent passing the crumbling masonry of the 17th Century High Hall Farm. A pleasant riverside path now guided us into the village of Dent and lunch in the sun by the church.

Leaving the village we followed the River Dee to Ellers where we crossed the bridge and were soon ascending again to Leakses. By now the sun was hiding behind clouds and the drop in temperature was noticeable. Our way led through pleasant fields full of sheep and new born lambs. The hunting activities of a cat, much to his indignation, were interrupted as he carefully scrutinised the nooks and crannies of a dry stone wall for any rodent unfortunate enough to miss his advances. Certainly he was too pre-occupied to want any stroking or petting, and with a twitch of his whiskers and a flick of his tail he returned to his predatory activity.

Afternoon break was taken in Gap Wood before wandering down an enclosed lane leading to the old golf course and through the lovely little hamlet of Millthrop with its beautiful little cottages and a fascinating garden which contained everything including the kitchen sink!
A short walk via Winder House took us back to the car park after a very pleasant Springtime walk in beautiful surroundings with good friends. Life doesn’t get much better.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Gary leads out of car park at 10.15'ish . . .

 

past the school playing fields . . .

 

and down to the River Rawthey . . .

 

past the weir . . .

 

where we admired the reflections.

 

Canine chariot?

 

The group gathers at New Bridge as we leave the river . . .

 

past Duck House and the black & white bathers

 

After the green lane . . .

 

we head for . . .

 

Side Farm . . .

 

and on to Frostrow Fell . . .

 

   -where is that stile?-

 

for a coffee break, with Howgills in background. (Grimes Head Gill & Great Dummacks on right)

 

Across Long Moor . . .

 

and we see Great Coum . . .

 

and Middleton Fell . . .

 

This must have had a nice tiled roof once . . .

 

but these three don't care

 

Nearing Dent . . .

 

we reach High Hall Farm . . .

 

with its sagging roof and massive chimneys.

 

Front of the Hall with date plaque (Cannot read it all but has 2 dates, 1625 & 1665)

 

Into Dent . . .

 

for lunch . . .

 

and a snooze!

 

Dent with the Sun Inn on the right, but not this time

 

Along the south side of Frostrow Fells we pass a line of 3 farms - Leakses . . .

 

Burton Hill . . .

 

and Hewthwaite

 

As Sedbergh comes into view we drop down to . . .

 

Millthrop . . .

 

and back across the River Rathey.

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