Wednesday, 22nd July 2009


Walk: Abbeystead, Tarnbrook, Ward's Stone, Grizedale Head, Higher Lee, Grizedale Bridge
Start Point: Stoops Bridge Grid Ref: SD 563 543
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 2,400 feet
Weather: 5.5 hours
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: With a forecast of sunshine and showers and the prospect of walking through peat bog, was this a wise decision? The drizzle and mist had cleared by the time I reached Ward's Stone and the peat bog was reasonably easy to walk across, making it an enjoyable day. The initial stroll by the river was followed by a walk along a narrow country lane to the tiny hamlet of Tarnbrook. From here a 'shooters' track was followed for the majority of the climb.


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An unusual waymarker as I walk alongside Tarnbrook Wyre


The lovely green pastures near Gilberton Farm . . .


would soon be replaced by a more desolate landscape


Rock formations near the easterly trig point . . .


but I can't find any sign of the Queen's Chair . . .


or the Grey Mare and Foal that are supposed to be here . . .


but I do find an impressive seat to stop for lunch


The large stone (Ward's Stone) by the westerly trig point . . .


from where Grit Fell can be seen in the distance


The trig point again with Ward's Stone to the right


The wind farm at Caton Moor seems quite close from here


Grouse shooters' luncheon hut . . .


with a very smart interior


I'm glad there is a wall between us!

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