I hope that I haven’t worn you out completely with all this walking we’ve been doing. I’ve got another week’s worth from the archives if you have the strength.
Our outing covered about ten miles and 1,000 ft of ascent. As you’ll see from the photos, it wasn’t the brightest of days – though it was early February in 2017, and there were some really dramatic skies for me to photograph.
For the next few days we’ll be in the area of the Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley of Cumbria in the UK. The ramble begins, where the coach dropped us off, in the village of Ravenstonedale – a small village, not far from Kirkby Stephen and at the foot of the Howgills.
Much of the walk included limestone pavement – about which I’ll be saying more later in this series.
From Ravenstonedale to Smardale Bridge we mainly followed good paths and I didn’t take many photos along that stretch. It then started to get rougher and muddier as we headed along the Coast-to-Coast path via Brownber and Sunbiggin Tarn. After that we followed a bridleway across Tarn Moor on our way to the nature reserve of Great Asby Scar.
From there, we followed the Fell wall through the nature reserve all the way to the Beacon Monument close to the Appleby Road and along the bridleway back via Broadfell into Orton where our coach was waiting for us.
I’ll be letting the photographs tell most of the story from here onwards.
Not a bad start on our way to Smardale – nice rolling farmland but the cloud was starting to gather.
A stile leads us onwards – you can see that our way is getting muddier.
The trod path is still reasonably well-defined.
We skirt around a farm’s quite muddy roadway.
I’ve chosen this photo of one of the group. She’s fallen a little behind the main cohort but we wait and admire the view.
You can see that it’s been a roller-coaster of a walk across that stretch. The cloud is moving in quite a bit now, though when the Sun makes an appearance everything lights up nicely.
EXIF data: During this walk I used my former Pentax K50 16 MP dslr camera together with the 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 kit-lens. For this shot, the shutter speed was 1/160 secs @ f/11 and 30.63 mm. The ISO was 100.