Wednesday, 30th May 2018

Walk: Cowan Bridge to Casterton, crossing Wandales Lane Roman Road to ascend Brownthwaite Pike, then north to Casterton Fell and Bullpot Farm. Following the heavily potholed paths to Ease Gill Kirk, then the route of the valley to descend to Cowan Bridge by Leck Beck
Start Point: Fraser Hall CP, Cowan Bridge Grid Reference: SD 635 765 
Distance: 10.8 miles Ascent: 1,700 feet
Time: 5.75 hours
Weather: Good walking weather, warm sunshine giving way to cloud and the briefest cooling shower

Seven of us enjoyed a longer-than-usual Long Wednesday walk with wide open   views, based on the first chapter of Wainwright’s Walks in Limestone Country, part of the route “worthy of being trodden twice” in a clockwise circular route. A steady fell workout brought us to Bullpot, centre for potholing expeditions.

The magnificent and hidden Ease Gill Kirk feels hallowed and ancient, albeit full of midges today, worth time for exploration, then returning down the valley with great views towards Kirkby Lonsdale.

This walk was enjoyed by the Sunday Strenuous Group last Winter and having tried a couple of longer Wednesday walks last summer, it made an ideal day out given the good conditions and magnificent show of late springtime flowers and blossom

Frank makes his point that the distance and altitude was pushing limits of endurance as
we ascended Casterton Fell with the Trig Point on the distant right, with a long pull up
and a sharp shower. Later, he did admit that this ‘first’ had made his day

Casterton Fell Trig Point. Was it worth it?

The leader muscles in on the photo with bribes of tea and cake
in return for smiles. An unpaid debt, as the cafe closed early.

Ease Gill Kirk. This terrific rock formation would have intriguing
history over the centuries. Standing aloft, David, looks at the
higher route of water which must have plunged to the lower
Kirk below, eroding the rock deeply and flanked by many caves

Thwarted by midges, we retreated the way we came in, a secretive and hidden route

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