Panorama from Ulgraves
I’m out with Crosby Rambling Club in a quiet corner of the Lake District. I’m going to attempt the “A” party walk led by Roger and the plan is to visit two of Wainwright’s outlying fells, Brunt Knott and Ulgraves.
We started our walk from Staveley where we paused to look at the weir on the River Kent.
As we climbed up from the village we were surrounded by thick mist and after passing Brunt Knott farm we were on the open fell. There was a path of sorts but we left it to climb up to the summit of Brunt Knott at 427 m. (1093ft). The views were non existent.
We now had more rough walking through heather heading eastwards towards Ulgraves. We passed and interesting pool with a dry stone wall running through it, no-one wanted to test how deep it was.
Our route now followed a wall and in places it was quite wet. We made a diversion to one of several nameless peaks in the area. Jim posed for a photo on the summit with his little teddy bear mascot. There was no cairn just a single rock.
Route finding in the mist was tricky as there was little sign of a path. Was it a dangerous place.
We visited a second nameless peak and unfortunately “Teddy” got left behind. I wonder if he is lonely. We must go back on a rescue mission.
Soon it was time for lunch and the mist had lifted and the sun had come out.
We were on a clear track but still had a steep climb to the summit of Ulgraves at 333m (1093 ft). we passed an impressive dry stone wall and a lovely small tarn,
The summit of Ulgraves was beautiful. We could look along the length of Longsleddale.
From this vantage point on the edge of the Lake District we could look west to see many of the higher peaks. The valley at Windermere was still full of mist, but we could enjoy the sunshine and some lovely cloud formations.
Our return route led us over Potter Fell to the reservoir at Gurnall Dubs which was very photogenic.
A clear track then led us to the larger reservoir at Potters Tarn. These two reservoirs did not provide drinking water – their purpose was to supply water power for the mills at Bowston and Cowan head.
Heading down from the tarn we passed the outlet of Ghyll Pool reservoir, another chance for a photo
The final section of the walk was alongside the fast flowing River Kent.
We were back in Staveley with plenty of time to relax and enjoy a pint of real ale before our return journey.