|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|
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.|
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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
An unusual sight in the wide Mosedale valley
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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