Exploring the countryside on my doorstep
Hi! Hello! How have you been? I feel like I've just been so busy lately but when I think about what I've actually been doing the past few weeks, there isn't much to tell you. Today I booked the day off work to make it an extra long bank holiday weekend. I wanted to get a run/hike in, in preparation for the 32 miler me and a couple of friends have stupidly signs ourselves up to in a couple weeks time. I tried to run (jog) what I could, but it was too hard up hill for me. Starting from Sedbergh, I followed Settlebeck Gill up to the fell wall and then crossed over to Crook, where I followed a sheeps path right round the front of Crook and into the valley where the path runs parallel to Ashbeck Gill. You eventually reach a small dam where you can then start climbing up to Sickers. There's not much of a foot path but there is a clear route up. Once you reach the top of Sickers, it's really flat and the views are amazing. From there I made my way towards Brant Fell and once I caught my breath I started to run over to Arant Haw. It was a really lovely morning, I didn't bump in to anyone else until I'd made it all the way back down Arant Haw. I love how quiet the Howgills are and how easy the terrain is to run/walk on. I can't believe it's took me until now to even venture further afield than the usual Winder walk and to truly appreciate the stunning landscape around us.
This is the little dam at the top of Ashbeck Gill. I was expecting something much bigger than this!
At the top of Sickers and looking over to Wild Boar Fell.
Crook in the foreground and Winder in the background. I've never seen the two from this perspective!
The top of Arant Haw.
Ahhh, I'm so glad it's a bank holiday weekend and the forecast is looking good for the next couple of days. We are planning on wild camping one night over the weekend, which I am SO looking forward to. If we do go, it will be our first camping trip of the year. I'm hoping the spot we've decided on won't be too over crowded but it is quite secluded, so I can't see it being busy.. who knows with everyone making the most of the British countryside when we can't really go abroad though! Speak soon, L.