Sunday, 28th April 2013


Walk: Wet Sleddale, Swindale, Sleddale Hall
Start Point: Wet Sleddale Reservoir Grid Ref: NY 554 114
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 2,000 ft
Weather: Mist and showers Time: 6 hours
Comments: We set out with the group, gradually climbing the ridge between Wet Sleddale and Swindale. With no visible path and very boggy terrain the climbing was tough and we were pleased to begin the descent into Swindale. At this point Phil and I decided to leave the rest of the group and head down the valley to make our way around the end of the ridge and back to the car. This was a pleasant route though the weather was determined to provide sun and rain in equal amounts (fortunately we were dry when we reached the car!).

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A misty start . . .


as we make our way across Sleddale Beck bridge . . .


and climb up the ridge


Frogspawn with developing tadpoles


It looks a little clearer as the group poses by the cairn


Another pause beside Gowthercrag Gill . . .


gives John time to check out the waterfall


Descending into Swindale . .  .


near Truss Gap


Looking back up Swindale there is still mist on the higher fells


A sheltered spot for lunch between the showers


Mirk Gill


A lost lamb - no response from mother despite a lot of bleating


Wet Sleddale comes back into view . . .


as we descend to Sleddale Grange . . .


and check out the log patterns


Heading back over the bridge . . .


there is time to take a photo of the beck . . .


and Phil spots the 'icicles' below the arch . . .


and I get a last shot of the bridge


Looking over the reservoir the sun highlights the cement works


I don't remember crossing this bridge on the outward journey . . .


because we then took the newer bridge on the other side of the wall

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