Sunday, 10th August 2014

Walk: Frank's Bridge, Lockthwaite, Tailbridge Hill, Nateby Common, Wind Shelter, Nine Standards Rigg (665m), Farday Gill, Hartley
Start Point: Silver Street car park, Kirkby Stephen Grid Reference: NY 773 088
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 1,600 feet
Time: 5.75 hours
Weather: Considering that this was the day that the North West was hit by the remains of Hurricane Bertha, it could have been a lot worse. We had a dry start but heavy rain had “kicked in” by the time we approached Lockthwaite Farm. The worst of the driving wind and rain was experienced on the approach to Tailbridge Hill. Visibility was generally good, but deteriorated on the top of Nine Standards Rigg. In the afternoon we experienced lighter rain showers as the sun struggled to appear.
Comments: 8 walkers wondered what they were letting themselves in for as they headed up the M6 in atrocious weather. (See above). Conditions underfoot were pretty good, reflecting the dry summer, and so stream crossings were easy and there was little “bog –hopping”. It was not a day for photography, so the accompanying shots were taken with mobiles. We didn’t see another walker all day!

Gearing up for a wet walk in Silver Street car park

Frank's Bridge

Coffee beak approaching Lockthwaite

Packing up after lunch on Nateby Common

At the View Point on Nine Standards Rigg

Nine Standards Rigg

As we descended from Nine Standards Rigg we looked across to Tailbridge Hill

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