The 31 October and here we are walking in shirtsleeves. Today’s venue was a circular walk based on Newgale, Pembrokeshire.
I was surprised to see a reasonable surf breaking with a couple of surfer dudes out enjoying themselves. With the tide ebbing we walked onto the beach to Pwll March and then cut up along a rather overgrown path to Pen Y Cwm.
North Newgale Beach
We turned up a road past some houses and continued along a path which the further we went the wetter it became until we hit a minor road.
Where did I leave that tractor?
Here we turned south until the village of Roch was reached and where we had lunch in the village play area.
Suitably rested we continued on tarmac in a south westerly direction until we came to the coast at Nolton Haven and then north following the coast path back to Newgale.
A chimney which is all that remains of a coal mine
Whilst in Roch I received a very curt text from my wife who was clearly not best pleased that I had treated myself to a slice of home made Christmas cake which she was keeping for a good friend. A similar incident took place a few years ago. I can report that the cake was delicious.
Our last day walking in the Lake District and the weather is still behaving.
Today we started from base gradually circling to Ambleside (no gear shopping), Rydal Water, up to the trig point on Loughrigg Fell and dropping back to our HQ.
We headed east passing under Ivy Crag to Todd Crag and passing Lily Tarn. From here we followed a path leading steeply down to Ambleside.
There was a short stretch of busy road walking before we cut off to a path which took us to Rydal MountRydal Mount with views of Rydal Water and Loughrigg Fell. A brave soul was spotted swimming in the lake whilst we tucked in to lunch.
Gardens in Rydal Mount
Rydal Water and Loughrigg
We crossed over to the south side of the lake and came across a huge cave the result of quarrying in the past.
The collar work now started as the route climbed to the summit of Loughrigg Fell before the steep descent back to base.
Once again a good week of walking and although we had some rain mostly it was dry and despite it being October winter woollies were not required.
Thanks to our better halves for letting us out to play.
That’s all Folks
Another rain free day and we set off to park at Glen Mary.
We set off up the small gorge which contains Tom Gill and leads up through woodlands to Tarn Hows and I agree with the “Navigator” this is the best approach to this honey pot.
Further up the Gill
Andy admiring the waterfall
From here we walked alongside the Tarn and then struck up for Black Crag.
Coffee break view of Tarn Hows
A distant view of Langdale Pikes
Subsidiary summit of Black Crag
A little further on at Park Fell we turned south west heading for Yew Tree Tarn and Harry Guards Wood and the car.
Looking down to Elterwater
Reflections in Yew Tree Tarn
The Tarn is part of a 4000 acre estate
Weather was now improving and we ventured a little higher. Today would entail a bus ride from Skelwith Bridge to the New Dungeon Gyhll pub and then ascend to Stickle Tarn and wend our way back to Skelwith roughly following the easterly ridge.
Our Welsh bus passes unfortunately are invalid in England and Andy a “Sais” was too young for a pass. The single fare was £4.80!!! At the pub we soon started the climb alongside the river leading to Stickle Tarn.
The climb to Stickle Tarn
The path is engineered all the way and there seemed to be a continuous line of people all heading up. The old path on the left is clearly no longer encouraged although our young Andy way out in front of us took it. We eventually met up at the tarn and the crowds expected had dispersed.
Andy walking on water
Stickle Tarn with Harrison Stickle in background
The cliff face opposite the tarn is Pavey Ark with the infamous Jack’s Rake.
We were not going that way and our route went south easterly up and down various outcrops leading back to Skelwith Bridge.
Grasmere and Rydal Water
The views today were extensive and clear.
Tuesday was forecast to be the wettest day and so a fairly low level walk was called for, no point in having expensive rain proof gear if not used!
The “Navigator”had to amend his original plan as parking in this area is hard to find. However we found a village hall in Far Sawrey with an honesty box where we did pay the suggested fee of £2.00 a bargain in the Lakes.
It started out dry but we soon donned the gore tex and headed down to the lakeside for a cup of coffee.
A calm Windermere
Shaggy ink cap?
There lots of other nutters out for a walk.
At Belle Grange we took the path signposted for Hawkshead a steep and slippery ascent. Our objective was Latterbarrow but this was to be tackled after a very wet lunch stop.
Our route to the hill could have been better as we battled our way through the mess left when trees have been felled.However we found the right track and were rewarded with good views from the summit.
Monument on Latterbarrow
Views opening up
From here we walked south passing a number of tarns until we arrived back at the car.
Tarns on way back
A warning here if you are considering visiting Hawkshead with the hope of finding food supplies, DON’T. It’s full of shops all trying to extract the tourist pound.
Food was found in Ambleside.
The forecast was not the best but the decision was to visit Swirl How via Little Carrs, Great Carrs, Swirl How and then Grey Friars.
At our age we use the car to gain height and so the old Toyota wheezed its way up the Wrynose Pass with sections of 25% incline until we parked not far from The Three Shire Stones.
We dressed in full wet weather gear as it was raining and a stiff breeze blowing. The tops were cloud covered but we are eternal optimists!
The path up has been engineered for a good section of the route and made for easy walking.
A look back from our route up
There were occasional views down Tilberthwaite but the wind kept us from wandering too near the edges.
Cloudy and moody
At Great Carrs there was a memorial to a second world war plane crash which made for sad reading. Two of the Canadian training crew were only 19.
There were more gaps in the cloud when we reached the summit of Swirl How and we had a lunch break in a sheltered spot. My camera died here.
Grey Friars was our next objective before the downward route back to the car.
Heading back to the blue dot on the road.
Day 2 of our tour was supposed to be flat day but overall we climbed 2300 plus feet!
We started from base and our first objectives were Skelwith Force and then Colwith Force before heading south west to High Tilberthwaite. From here we headed north into Little Langdale and back to base via Elterwater.
In Tilberthwaite we came across a school party who were being instructed in the art of ghyll scrambling. Andy and I suggested to the “Navigator” that instruction on outdoors skills should form part of each trip. We may have to wait a long time!
View from cottage
Typical Cumbrian Farm
For the woodpile admirers
In need of TLC
Keeping an eye out
View down Tilberthwaite
On holiday from Scotland
Old bridge over River Brathay
Little Langdale Tarn
Looking toward Langdale Pikes from Elterwater
Last hill of the “flat” day
This was day one of “the boys” week away in the lake District, Cumbria. We were based near Skelwith Bridge.
The “Navigator” and I travelled to Chester to pick up Andy and then onto the lake District. As usual we stopped for a short walk on the way to our base and the stop this time was in the village of Staveley.
The weather was good and we were soon down to shirt sleeves. The floods of earlier this year were still in evidence as there was a bridge closed in the village and another bridge washed away on our planned route.
Navigators first ascent of the week
large fungi at base of oak tree
Where’s the bridge?
As “The Navigator” had to visit a shed maker in near Pembroke the proposed walk was also to be in Pembrokeshire near Stacpole.
We parked in a small car park in Castle Dock Wood and set off uphill on a minor road and had a coffee break in the churchyard of St Twynnells.
The tower of St Twynnells
From there we continued westwards hoping to cut south down to the coast at Stack Rocks but it became obvious from the explosions that Castlemartin range was in full use and as we approached the range we could see moving tanks in the distance.
At the viewing area there was a leaflet about a dedicated path which skirts the range, with worrying markers in the shape of a tank!
A German Tank
Our route was now south easterly into the village of Bosherton. We came across a worked out quarry where we had an afternoon cuppa. I was sure that I had taught canoeing in the lake here but today there was little water.
From the village of Bosherton we headed north along side the Lily Ponds back to the car.
As we walked along there were a number of sightings of herons who seemed to take little interest in us.