Tarn Crag

Start point: Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale (NY 483 057Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale – Grey Crag(Longsleddale)Tarn Crag (Longsleddale) – Brownhowe Bottom – Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale

Distance: 5.8 miles     Total Ascent: 767 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 20 minutes     Start Time: 09:20

Weather: Cold with long sunny spells. 4&c;C

Today I had a meeting with Clive Hutchby who has edited Wainwright Book 1, The Eastern Fells (more of that below) so we decided on a walk on the Far Eastern Fells which is the book under revision at the moment. When we arrived at Sadgill the weather was looking very promising and stayed pleasingly wintry pretty much all of the way round apart from a couple of heavy hail showers. The snow ceratinly lit up the scenery today showing this area in its best light. The only downside to that was the deep snow hid the worst of the boggy bits so on the odd occasion we were past boot depth in snow and mud.


On Saturday 4th April the Eastern Fells will be launched in Keswick Love the Lakes with the same happening on Sunday 5th April at Love the Lakes Bowness on Windermere. We would love to see you there – Clive Hutchby will be signing and the furry fiends Fletcher and Dougal will both be in attendance. If you cannot make it, you can pre-order a signed copy complete with the launch weekend stamp (shown above the book in the photo) here


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.

Mosedale East

Start point: Swindale Lane (NY 516 133)

Truss Gap – Swindale Head Harrop Pike Grey Crag Tarn Crag Branstree – Artle Crag – High Howes (Mardale) Selside Pike – Captain Whelter Bog – High Blake Dodd – Old Corpse Road – Swindale Head – Truss Gap

Distance: 11.5 miles     Total Ascent: 800 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Overcast and dull. 19oC.

It has been very wet of late and the weather didn’t promise much today either but I managed to escape the rain for a walk starting from the remote valley of Swindale circling the even remoter valley of Mosedale. There were no views today, the skies were leaden with the merest peep of sunshine. The terrain is generally boggy in this area and I certainly got a good bootful of water today! The remoteness of this area has some advantages though as I only saw one other person all day.


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.


Sadgill – Gatesgarth Pass – Branstree (166) – Artlecrag PikeSelside Pike (167) – High HowesTarn Crag (168)Grey Crag (169) – Great Howe – Sadgill

Started out fine with the snowline being at 500 metres, however on return the snow had made it down to the valley.