Sunday, 1st November 2015

Walk: Ulgraves, Brunt Knott, Hugill Fell and Reston Scar
Start Point: Barley Bridge, Staveley Grid Reference: SD 470 987
Distance: 12.5 miles Ascent: 2,600 feet
Time: 7 hours
Weather: Thick fog and mist with some sunshine at the end of the day

As we were walking back to the car at the end of the day, along a very narrow country lane, we heard the sound of a siren in the distance. The leader stopped and said to the others on the walk “I think that’s getting closer it sounds like it’s coming our way”. Then suddenly, out of the blue, a white van shot around the corner ahead hotly pursued by a police car. We all just leapt into the hedgerow at the side of the road and were narrowly missed as they shot past us at what must have been 70 miles an hour. Fortunately, there were only 5 on the walk: many more and there would almost certainly have been fatalities! 

Up until then we had spent most of the day in thick fog, which was disappointing as there was a lot to see on this walk. The fog was so thick we almost walked right past Potter Tarn without seeing it.

When we eventually reached Ulgraves, our first summit, it was decided that there was little point in trying to find a route across to Potter Fell and Brunt Knott South in such conditions, so we headed off on a more direct route to Brunt Knott.

After our near fatal escapade with the white van and chasing police car we were able to dust ourselves down to climb the final two outlying fells on the walk, Hugill Fell and Reston Scar.

The weir at Staveley

The summit of Ulgraves

The summit of Brunt Knott

Eventually the mist clears as we drop down into the river Kent valley

Smile for the camera!

Looking across to Brunt Knott. If only it had been as clear as that when we were there earlier!

We are Fylde ramblers honest!

Looking across to Reston Scar from Hugill Fell

Another group shot on Hugill Fell summit

The final summit, Reston Scar

Dropping down to Staveley

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