Sunday, 12th October 2014

Walk: Hallow Bank, Cocklaw Fell, Green Quarter fell, Skeggles Water Dyke, Kentmere Tarn
Start Point: Kentmere (Maggs Howe camp site) Grid Reference: NY 458 039
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1,400 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: Misty and cool until lunchtime then warm and dry with good sunny spells       

Thirteen walkers took part today starting from the campsite car park in Kentmere village. From the campsite we headed for the old drove road linking Sadgill in Longsleddale to Kentmere and Ambleside. The weather was very misty and murky to start with but by the time the top of the drove road was reached the sun had broken through and the mist was beginning to disperse.

Just before reaching Sadgill we turned sharp right onto a path which climbed to Cocklaw fell and continued on keeping Skeggles Water to the left and Green Quarter Fell to the right before stopping for lunch at a ruined building. The weather was now warm and sunny with fine views of the surrounding hills. After lunch we continued on the same path crossing the watershed between Longsleddale and Kentmere before descending steeply into the Kentmere Valley.

From here it was onto the track that runs parallel to Kentmere Tarn which took us back to our starting point at Kentmere Village after a short diversion to view the jetty at the tarn.              

Gathering at Maggs Howe campsite car park

Heading for the drove road

It's cool and misty . . .

but eventually . . .

the mist lifts to reveal a fine day

Not many walkers out today but the cyclists are out in force

Spiders' webs are left hanging like jewels after the fog has lifted . . .

as we stop for elevenses at the highest point on the drove road

Climbing out of Longsleddale

Lunch break

Good views of the Kentmere hills . . .

before we descend sharply . . .

towards Kentmere Valley . . .

where there is no wind to disturb the reflections . . .

on Kentmere Tarn

Kentmere Church comes into view . . .

and we pass this 14th century peel tower on our way back to the cars

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