Sunday, 29th July 2012

Walk: Hard Knott Gill, Hard Knott, Lingcove Bridge, River Esk, Esk Pike, Ore Gap, Moasdale
Start Point: Lay-by 0.5 mile west of Cockley Beck Grid Reference: NY 242 017
Distance: 11.5 miles Ascent: 3,640 feet
Time: 7 hours    
Weather: An unsettled day with frequent heavy showers and the odd sunny interval. Temperature very cool for July.
Comments: You can plan the walk but you canít plan the weather as the five members who joined me on this walk found out. The walk began as planned with an ascent of Hard Knott en route to Lingcove Beck. Unfortunately, due to the amount of water in the beck it was impossible to continue with the planned walk and a substitute was hastily arranged. This involved descending to Lingcove Bridge where we could safely cross and then climbing Esk Pike and return through Moasdale. Due to the wet weather, the ground was saturated and made for heavy going. I think the cars were a welcome sight to all at the end of this walk.

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Looking back across Wrynose Bottom . . .

 

as we climb the Hardknott Pass . . .

 

to reach Hard Knott

 

Looking down to Lingcove Beck . . .

 

as we descend to Lingcove Bridge

 

where Lingcove Beck . . .

 

joins the River Esk

 

One of the higher waterfalls . . .

 

which can be seen from the bridge . . .

 

where we stop for elevenses

 

Esk waterfalls . . .

 

with lots of water today

 

Looking back to the coast . . .

 

as we climb to Esk Pike . . .

 

with its rocky summit

 

Time to make our way down . . .

 

beside Yeasty Rigg Gill . . .

 

with good views over distant fells . . .

 

and a meandering Lingcove Beck

 

Looking back to Esk Pike, Ore Gap and Bow Fell

 

The Scafells are still in mist

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