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Mon 12th May 2014

Caudale Moor and Hartsop Dodd

Caudale Moor and Hartsop Dodd

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!

Wed 7th May 2014

Northumberland Coastal Challenge 2014

Northumberland Coastal Challenge 2014

Well done to everybody who completed this years 26.2 mile Northumberland Coastal Challenge walk on Monday.

We had just under 250 people take part in the stunning challenge walk.

After checking in at Alnmouth all the walkers (and a few runners) got bussed to Budle Bay, north of Bamburgh to start there journey along the Northumberland Coast back to Alnmouth.

Please enjoy the YouTube film and you can view all the official pictures taken on the day underneath it.

Tue 29th April 2014

Pen-y-Ghent - Yorkshire Dales

Pen-y-Ghent - Yorkshire Dales

It was a damp journey down to the Yorkshire Dales and as we passed Whernside in the people carrier we could not even see the base of the mountain from the road, never mind the top but as we pulled into Horton of Ribblesdale there seemed to be a slight break in the weather.

As we pulled on our walking gear ready to start our walk the sun came out and for the mist lifted a little and we got our first glimpse of Pen-y-Ghent through the clouds and as we set off the waterproof over layers soon got peeled off as we settled into a gradual climb as we all warmed up.
The group where all fit and managed well.

On the same day the Three Peaks fell race was taking place so as we approached the main path up to Pen-y-Ghent we were treated to what looked liked a row of ants flowing down from the higher ground. We all took a few moments to marvel at the fitness of these hardy folk before the big climb started for ourselves.

About three quarters up the climb we found a great sheltered spot to enjoy out lunch with a great view over to Ingleborough and Whernside away to the right. With this size of group we had great conversation and with everybody’s fitness being so evenly matched it made for a real team feeling.

The final climb to the summit quickly warmed us all back up and as we reached the summit we had great views of this special part of the country.From the summit we steeply dropped down and thankfully with the ground and rocky ground being dry under foot it made it far easier than it could have been. It was just a case of just taking our time to ensure we all got down safely.The final decent was a lot more gradual and spirits where high as we kept finding parts of trekking poles under our feet which kept us all amused.

A great day was had by all and looking back at the day, how lucky where we with the weather.