Sunday, 27th September 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Wet Sleddale Reservoir, Sleddale Hall, Mosedale & Swindale
Start Point: Wet Sleddale Reservoir Grid Reference: NY 554 114
Distance: 9.5 miles Ascent: 1,800 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: Dry, mainly dull with some sunny spells
Comments: 16 members set off from the car park at Wet Sleddale Reservoir, and made our way to Sleddale Hall, an isolated property now derelict, but it was featured in a cult film that still has its devotees. It was sold a while back with the intention of re-furbishing it so that it could be visited by these devotees, and has been resold more recently. There is a notice on a boarded up window saying if anyone wishes to visit the Hall they should contact Ian on sleddalehall@btinternet.com - just in case you want to have a closer look. From there it was across the fell until we dropped down into Mosedale and then along to the descent into Swindale, past Swindale Head and the start of the Old Corpse Road. At Truss Gap it was back onto the unnamed moor with the footpath that has no evidence on the ground. There was no problem and we were right on the gate in the wall, from where it was downhill back to the Hall and back to the Reservoir.

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Starting from the reservoir . . .

 

at Wet Sleddale . . .

 

the group sets off . . .

 

and takes a look back to the Corus plant

 

Then over the bridge . . .

 

up to Sleddale Hall . . .

 

and past the other side

 

The Hall has a great view

 

We pause as Brian shows the way into Mosedale . . .

 

and towards Swindale . . .

 

but not to Mosedale Cottage today

 

The group poses at the footbridge over Mosedale Beck

 

It's time to have lunch before . . .

 

we descend into Swindale

 

Mosedale Beck and Forces Falls

 

Looking down Swindale . . .

 

where we spot a pastoral scene . . .

 

followed by a rustic scene

 

Most of the group use the bridge but some try the stepping stones . . .

 

over Mosedale Beck at Truss Gap . . .

 

to climb back onto the fell

 

Looking north-east from Waite Howes . . .

 

and looking west High Street, Kidsty Pike & High Raise are on the horizon

 

More wildlife - a good 3" long

 

Made it across the unmarked path to the gate . . .

 

then downhill to the Hall again as we make our way back to the cars

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