Sunday, 27th September 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Middleton Fell and Lune Valley
Start Point: Barbon Grid Reference: SD 630 824
Distance: 13.4 miles Ascent: 2,300 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: A dry day with clear views and a cold wind on the fell tops
Comments: 10 set off from the village hall car park on a fine day with patches of low cloud.
This varied walk involved a fairly strenuous climb up to a maximum height of 1999ft (Calf Top) from where we were rewarded by splendid views all around. Ingleborough (SE), the Forest of Bowland, Morecambe Bay and the Lancashire coast to the south. The Furness Peninsular (SW) and a panorama of the Lakeland fells (under thick cloud) to the west going round to the Howgills in the north with Sedbergh town nestling below them.
We followed the ridge off Calf Top swinging round and down to the Lune valley crossing farm land back to Barbon.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Heading out from the Village Hall car park . . .

 

we pass Barbon Church on our way to . . .

 

Barbon Park . . .

 

with great views over the Lune Valley . . .

 

and back to Barbon

 

Our first rocky outcrop . . .

 

and the group gathers . . .

 

to take in the view . . .

 

over the Lune Valley

 

The wind is getting stronger . . .

 

on Castle Knott . . .

 

where more lowland views

 

Layers back on as we stop for morning coffee

 

The sun highlights the folds of the Howgills

 

The cairn on Calf Top . . .

 

doubles up as a camera tripod

 

The Howgills and Sedbergh

 

Stand on your head to read this one!

 

The path just touches on the banks . . .

 

of the River Lune

 

Time for a 'roundup' . . .

 

or should I say 'stampede'!

 

Tony makes a new friend . . .

 

while Phil tackles a boggy bit

 

Gathering the troops on our way back to the cars

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