Sunday, 24th May 2009




Walk: Ravenstonedale, Newbiggin on Lune, Crosby Garrett Fell, Crosby Garrett and Smardale
Start Point: Car park at Ravenstonedale Grid Reference: NY 72290 04160
Distance: 11.8 miles Ascent: 1,313 feet
Time: 6.25 hours    
Weather: Dry and sunny with a cool breeze on the fell.
Comments: A little further a field than normal, the walk attracted twenty persons. After applications of sun cream our leader started the walk by taking us through the quaint village of Ravenstonedale and by the way of Greenside to reach Newbiggin on Lune. On the way we crossed the dried up bed of a beck. A little unusual in view of the recent weather! At Newbiggin we crossed the A685 (which now by passes the village and the village of Ravenstonedale) and started a gentle ascent to Brownber and Crosby Garret Fell. Lunch was taken in a sheltered hollow out of the wind where we had company in the form of a lone Stirk (young bull). The stirk being a friendly beast joined us on the downward trek to Laddle Lane which took us on to a deserted Crosby Garrett. Perhaps the natives had seen us coming! Continuing we arrived at Smardale and joined the Nature Trail to follow an old railway track above Scandal Beck. Shortly after a tea break at the site of some lime kilns we left the rail track and used part of the Coast to Coast path to ascend to Smardale Bridge, where we had to convince Roger that there was more than one way to Ravenstonedale. Once we had retrieved him we continued with a slow descent to re enter Ravonstonedale via a path under the A685. An enjoyable and dry walk with a pleasant change of scenery. Thank you Leader.

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Start of the walk


Leaving Ravenstonedale


Wot, no water!


Ascent of Crosby Garrett fell


Leader at lunch


Dorothy and Sheila take lunch


The sillouhettes


A lone beast


Man and Beast


Ladle Lane


An orchid (possibly 'early purple orchid')


A deserted Crosby Garrett




Smardale Hall


Nature Trail


Smardale Gill viaduct


Smardale Bridge


Where's Roger?


Not that way Roger!


Arriving back at Ravenstonedale

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