CALF FOR LUNCH

CALF FOR LUNCH

There were 9 of us including our new member Julie Davidson and Eileen Greenwood, a welcome guest from sunny Scarborough, who left Tebay at 9.45 on a bright Sunday morning. The cloud was well above the fells as promised by our Northern Weatherman. We followed the ridge high above the Lune Gorge with the busy M6 and the railway, temporarily deserted after the recent accident, below. A brief stop was made on Blease Fell to enjoy the view then a quick diversion to visit Hare Shaw, an additional ' top' as requested by Andy and Frank, followed by a return to the route over Archer Moss to Uldale Head.

It was decided a calorie boost was needed before the final assault so we took advantage of a rare cluster of rocks to sit on as we descended into Blakethwaite Bottom. Then it was onwards and upwards again onto Docker Knott, crossing Over Sale to Breaks Head where another diversion was made to tick off Fell Head (by some!) before going down into Winscarth Wyke and up to Bush Howe and on to reach The Calf at last for lunch. We huddled together on the grass beside the tarn for more welcome sustenance. Now we were on top there was a thin cold wind which was pushing mist up from the South.

With hats, gloves and windproofs donned we turned our backs on the wind and headed down the long ridge between Langdale and Bowderdale. Over Hazelgill Knott to West Fell where we turned left off the ridge to meet Cowbound Lane. Andy, Jim and Frank rejoined us here after their inadvertent exploration of an alternative route. After a soggy Cowbound Lane we reached the hamlet of Langdale and a welcome short stretch of tarmac to Gaisgill. However, it was then up (again) towards invisible Cooper House (demolished) and over more sog to meet the track from Waskew Head and down to our starting point at 4.45.

No sooner had we climbed into our cars to go home for tea when down came the rain. Perfect timing, or what!

TEATIME AT GAISGILL
LAKELAND FROM THE CALF LANGDALE FROM THE CALF LUNE GORGE AND BORROWDALE TEBAY GILL BRIDGE