Great Howe (Longsleddale)

Height: 494 metres / 1621 feet Grid reference: NY 48889 06390

Grey Crag and the survey post on Great Howe

Grey Crag and the survey post on Great Howe

Longsleddale from Great Howe

Longsleddale from Great Howe

Branstree

Start point: Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale (NY 483 057)

Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale – Gatesgarth Pass – Branstree Tarn Crag (Longsleddale) Harrop Pike Grey Crag(Longsleddale) Great Howe (Longsleddale) – Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale

Distance: 7.5 miles     Total Ascent: 767 metres     Time Taken: 3 hour 30 minutes     Start Time: 09:00

Weather: Cold, wet and windy. 6C

Today I had a walk in Longsleddale, one of the remotest valleys around and I certainly saw no-one today. It was wild on the tops today with a strong wind and some heavy showers which coupled with boggy terrain made the going arduous at times – nice to be out for a longer walk once more though and I enjoyed it.

Branstree

Start point: Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale (NY 483 057)

Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale – Gatesgarth Pass – Branstree (364) – Artlecrag PikeSelside Pike (365)High Howes (Mardale) (366) Tarn Crag (Longsleddale) (367)Harrop Pike (368) Grey Crag (Longsleddale) (369) Great Howe (Longsleddale) (370) – Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale

Distance: 10.1 miles     Total Ascent: 972 metres     Time Taken: 3 hour 45 minutes

Weather: Overcast and hazy, a warm 17°C.

Today’s walk was a visit to some of the far eastern fells that I haven’t visited for a good while, starting from Longsleddale. Longsleddale is a lovely valley which is very quiet and Sadgill seems very remote at the end of the long valley road. The weather promised much but failed to deliver any sunshine although it was warm. Indeed, there were more than a few spots of rain towards the end.