Sunday, 2nd September 2007


Walk: Sleddale Hall, Keld, Shap Abbey, Dog Hill, Swindale Head, Mosedale Beck, Sleddale Hall
Start Point: Wet Sleddale Reservoir Grid Ref: NY 554 114
Distance:  14 miles Ascent: 2,300 feet
Weather: A dull and misty start but brightening up later
Accompanied by:

Marie, Ray (leader), Many, Fran, John L, Ross

Comments: It was rather dull and misty to start off with but by the time we had reached Shap Abbey the sun was breaking through and it was time to rake waterproofs off. The Abbey was quite interesting, especially as there were information boards that showed what the Abbey would have been like. Surprisingly we did meet a couple of walkers and saw a cyclist in the Mosedale Valley but otherwise the area was quite deserted.


Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Crossing over Sleddale Back something has attracted Marie and Ray's attention


The mist rolls in as we leave Wet Sleddale Reservoir


The bridge over the River Lowther on the way into Keld


These business premises are now empty . . .


. . . as is this house, covered in colourful ivy


Eric carries out repairs on the steps . . .

. . . while Marie tries out the swing


On our way to Shap Abbey - we last saw this towards the end of a tiring day on the Coast to Coast route


The mist has cleared and it's now time to take a layer off


We just had to investigate the Abbey ruins


but what has this group got their eyes on?


The monks must have been smaller than Eric


A final view of the tower before we leave


The information boards are very useful in showing what used to be here


and you can match the drawings to the ruins


Swindale Valley


Swindale Head


An unusual sight in the wide Mosedale valley


Mosedale Beck


Eric and Mandy cross the beck


Looking back down the valley . . .


. . . and up the valley to Mosedale Cottage, a shepherd's bothy that is only inhabited occasionally


Looks like it's all downhill back to the car now


The cars are just coming into view


and a gradual grassy slope back to Wet Sleddale reservoir

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