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Caudale Moor and Hartsop Dodd

Caudale Moor and Hartsop Dodd

Mon 12th May 2014

A plethora of cyclists greeted us as 200 of them were undertaking a gruelling race up/down Kirkstone Pass and along Ullswater. For us a less tortuous task, having a great day on the Fells and ‘conquering’  two Wainwrights, Caudale Moor and Hartsop Dodd.

Edwina, Janine and Kate had travelled across from Belsay and Newcastle for our walk plus three charming companions, namely Rose, Gala and Scout – one Poodle and two Border Terriers!

Off we went from the Kirkstone Pass Inn (no, we didn’t have a drink!) and our first stop was to see the monument to the tenants of the Inn dating back to 1914. The grave was high on the fell tops and was the dying wish of father and son to be placed where they’d able to be see their beloved pub from on high.

Rain/wind/showers/blue sky and sunshine were the flavours of the day and the views were still stunning. We duly arrived at the top of Caudale Moor and then onwards to Hartsop Dodd.

There had been a significant amount of waterfall in the previous week so it was quite a tricky task coming off Hartsop Dodd. Janine cleverly improvised by walking backwards to ensure her two Terriers got down safely and Edwina carried Poodle Rose within her jacket. It’s a dog’s life!

A nice lunch spot was spotted by Kate in Hartsop village and then it was a lovely walk along the valley floor back to Patterdale were our taxi awaited us.

All in all a grand day out, the second Shepherds Walk Lake District venture. Roll on the Blencathra Challenge!

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