AGM WALK - 25.10.09

THE CLIMBING STARTS

Despite an ominous start to the day with high winds and driving rain twelve brave souls left Fellside near Caldbeck with leader Tony.Seven Group members were valiantly supported by the usual suspects from Northumbria and North Yorkshire plus support from two local ladies coming back for more torture after the Lady Anne’s Way!

Fortunately the rain soon abated leaving wind to be the main feature of the day.This was not too much of a handicap as we journeyed south up the valley to the foot of a slightly swollen Roughton Gill. A short but entertaining scramble followed which seemed to be enjoyed by all. Unfortunately this was over all too soon and the high moorland leading onto the first summit of Knott was climbed into the teeth of the gale. This became slightly easier as we turned north then west to pick up the lower summits of Great Sca Fell and Meal Fell.

Lower altitude meant higher temperatures as Great Cockup was ascended then descended in ‘Grand Old Duke of York’style from the charming col of Trusmadoor. A stiff climb onto Longthwaite Fell after lunch sorted men from boys etc. before the penultimate Wainwright of Longlands in this group of Uldale fells was bagged. The sixth and final tick of Brae Fell was soon to follow after a rising eastward traverse.

This just left an easy descent to the bridge over Dale Beck and a short walk back to Fellside. Fortunately the relaxed mileage (eleven) meant an early finish (three) before the heavens opened and allowed a pleasant sojourn in Caldbeck’s fleshpots before the AGM.

1. IN ROUGHTON GILL 2. ALONG THE GILL 3. A BRIEF RESPITE 4. ON BRAE FELL 5. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER