Sunday, 22nd September 2013
||Wainwright's Outlying Fells – Wet Sleddale
Horseshoe. From the reservoir to Lunch House, Gray Bull,
Great Saddle Crag,
Brown Howe, Ulthwaite
Rigg and Sleddale Hall.
||Car Park at Wet Sleddale Reservoir
||NY 554 114
||Sunny with light breeze and
pleasant temperature. Ideal and very lucky.
Set off west along the good farm track with the
reservoir to our right, until reaching ruined barns, and the
computer set into a stone wall. It is from here that the route heads
south, steadily rising following quite closely to the Poorhag Gill
and eventually past a series of shooting butts. At this stage there
is a faint path to follow to a substantial track for the Lunch
House, a substantial black ‘hut’ for the shooters. The faint path
continues S and SW along the line of the now Howe Gill and
eventually you will see the bulk of Gray Bull on the horizon. By now
there is no footpath and compass and sightlines are the necessary
navigation requirements. Cross the Gill and make for Wainwright’s
‘lovely cube of pink granite’ Gray Bull. It is now up and down as
you make for Sleddale Pike, Great Saddle Crag and we did Brown Howe
although Wainwright did not include it. No footpaths, only a mixture
of grass and heather and your compass. The cairns are not too
obvious as they have all collapsed, see photos and I had added to
some, and compass and observation are needed. I am not trying to be
alarmist, just careful.
There is a long wire fence between Sleddale Pike to cross. No stile
or gate but not difficult to get over. From Brown Howe downhill NW
to Ulthwaite Rigg and N through the irrigation ditches to the
bridleway that runs easterly along the north side of Sleddale.
We zigzagged down past Sleddale Hall. Now looking watertight but
unoccupied, no Withnell or I! Over the new old packhorse bridge and
back to the cars.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
Wet Sleddale Reservoir
That's the way back
We go this way, south
Following Poorhag Gill
Only decent track . . .
to Lunch House - but only for shooters . . .
so we continued past the butts . . .
over Howe Gill . . .
and on to Gray Bull
Gray Bull looking East
Sleddale Pike and cairn!
Little and Great Saddle Crags
Lunch at Great Saddle Crag
Cairn on Great Saddle Crag with Tata works
Climbing onto Brown Howe with Great Saddle Crag in the background
Brown Howe and cairn
Looking back to Ulthwaite Rigg and the irrigation ditches
Dropping down to Sleddale Hall and reservoir
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