Sunday, 19th August 2012

Walk: Dodd Fell Hill and Drumaldrace
Start Point: Gayle Lane car park, Hawes Grid Ref: SD 894 897
Distance: 12.5 miles Ascent: 1,670 feet
Time: 5.75 hours    
Weather: Dry to start followed by intermittent drizzle
Comments: A party of 10 ramblers today including Jim who announced that it was his 78th Birthday today and he wanted to have strenuous walk on this special day. The ramble followed a circular route out of Hawes onto the Pennine Way heading south towards Kidhow Gate. We broke for a quick cup of tea on the Ascent of Dodd Fell Hill enjoying what had been reasonable morning’s weather allowing views of the surrounding area, a panorama which included the three Yorkshire peaks. After stopping to play 'how many ramblers can you fit on a water surrounded trig point' on Dodd Fell Hill we descended to rejoin the Pennine Way on to Kidhow Gate where our direction returned eastwards following the Roman Road (Cam High Road) to the Wether Fell. The weather had changed and we were treated to rain as we took lunch in what little shelter we could find from the stone walls adjacent to Howgate Head. We continued on to Wether Fell and the Cairn on Drumaldrace from where we descended through the fields back to Gayle and Hawes, only stopping for photos as we crossed over Gayle Beck.

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First stile of the day being easily negotiated by Debbie, a deserter from the 'Fours'


Ascent of Rottenstone Hill, too early to rush


Passing through Ten End


Climbing the flanks of Dodd Fell . . .


as Jim poses for his birthday photo


A hidden valley with a variety of planting


'Two minutes' on Dodd Fell


How many Ramblers can fit on a trig point?


And minus the Ramblers, we can see Ingleborough in the distance


Crossing Blackburn Syke


Spot the odd one odd (clue: not wearing blue!)

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