|Walk:||Fell Foot, Parlick, Fiendsdale Head, Fiendsdale Water, Langden Castle, Bleadale Water, Saddle Fell, Saddle End|
|Start Point:||Fell Foot||Grid Ref:||SD 600 443|
|Distance:||11.4 miles||Ascent:||2,700 feet|
|Weather:||Sunny for most of the day|
On my own
|Comments:||Having walked in this area on Wednesday I decided to come back to check out parts of a couple of future walks planned for the group. After climbing straight up to Parlick I continued on to the highest point of the fell where three fences meet and there is a nearby cairn. From here I followed the fence to Fiendsdale Head and found that it wasn't as boggy as I had expected. After the initial section, the path down the Fiendsdale Water valley was quite pleasant with good views into the valley. On reaching Langden Castle I met three gentlemen who advised me that I should skirt the boggy section where the path is meant to go. Following their advice I found a good path around and the was able to cross Langden Brook via some stepping stones - though I wouldn't have liked the water to have been any deeper! The first part of the path up the Bleadale Water valley was fine but it deteriorated and was muddy and rocky in places higher up. Exiting the valley the path then led me well to the right of the one marked on the map, which would be in the wrong direction for the group walk. After crossing the fence I took the same route as on Wednesday, following a very pleasant green path down to Saddle End, then across fields to Fell Foot.|
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Taking the path straight up from Fell Foot . . .
there is a heavy mist in front of Longridge Fell
Parlick summit - cairn on the left and shelter on the right
The path follows the fence above Blindhurst Fell, with Fair Snape Fell on the left
The zig-zag paths I took up Fair Snape Fell can be seen from Nick's Chair
Heather and peat hags just before . . .
the highest point of the fell, and early morning mist hangs in the Fiendsdale Valley
Fiendsdale Head . . .
from where the path leads down . . .
Fiendsdale Water . . .
with good views into the valley
The path descends more quickly into the Langden Valley . . .
where I stop for morning coffee
I am surprised to find section of duck board as I head for Langden Castle
Some sheep show where the path is on the way up Bleadale Water . . .
and the valley narrows . . .
as I make my way through the heather . . .
until I can see the valley head . . .
which is even narrower!
The rams find shelter from the sun
I counted 8 paragliders . . .
enjoying the conditions of the day