Sunday, 8th April 2012
||Birks Fell, Old Cote Moor Top, Litton, Nether
Hesleden, Foxup, Halton Gill, Horse Head Moor, Yockenthwaite, Cray,
||Buckden car park
||SD 942 773
||A mixed day with more dry
bits than wet bits. Mist on fell tops and a cold wind on exposed
||Four walkers attended for this walk,
(the first grade two walk of 2012). The day started dry but as we
climbed up Birks Fell we were soon enveloped in mist on Old Cote
Moor Top. As we descended into Littondale we left the mist behind
and the views improved. My concerns about crossing the ford in
Litton proved unfounded, as the river was remarkably dry,
considering all the snow melt. We took a roundabout route through
Nether Hesleden and Foxup to Halton Gill before climbing to Horse
Head Gate. The landscape in this area had a very wintry prospect
with lots of snow patches and we were once again in mist. Descending
Horse Head Moor we were thankful the wind was blowing on our backs.
At Yockenthwaite we took the higher path above the woods to Cray.
After crossing Cray Gill via the stepping stones we had another
short climb to the Buckden Rake which we followed back to the cars.
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First long climb achieved - several more to go
Ray and Robb test the snow
River Skirfare - so little water
Rabbit for lunch?
Onward and upward
Still no water
Robb crosses the stepping stones at Cray
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