Harrop Pike

Height: 637 metres / 2090 feet Grid reference: NY 50074 07809

The cairn on Harrop Pike

The cairn on Harrop Pike

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.

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.

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.