Brough and Ready walk report - 29/6/2014

Five intrepid Lakeland Group-ers + 3 visitors from Yorkshire & Darlington turned up for a bit of rough from Brough. Braving pathless moor, extensive stinging nettles and treacherous bogs, we explored the open access countryside to the north and east of Brough, to gain the highest point of the walk at Great Knipe. This lowly peak commands a vast view of Mallerstang, the Howgills and even the Lakeland fells. It also provides a birds eye view of the A66 which is more compelling than it might sound. Once safely down and under the dual carriageway as Eddie Stobarts raced overhead, the return leg took us through the off-the-beaten-track nature reserve of Argill Beck where we admired the orchids, and onto the little chapel at South Stainmore, which was quite a revelation. Back at Brough we had to forego the advertised ice cream as the parlour was closed for the day but we were invited to join the locals on the village field where we were plied with tea and home-made cakes, little realising it was all part of a church recruitment exercise!  PS They didn't want us.....