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Sand Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales

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A local hike and swim to Wild Boar Fell & Sand Tarn


 

My plan for this Saturday was actually to wake up early and head over to the Lakes but after a couple of spontaneous vino's in my Mum and Dad's garden, I struggled getting up and out of bed and I couldn't be bothered dealing with the traffic leading in to the Lakes. So we decided to pack a bag with some food and a picnic blanket and headed half an hour down the road to a little hamlet called Outhgill. We parked our car at the side of the road by a farm called Little Ing Farm. Across the road there is a bridleway that leads up on to Wild Boar Fell. It was a really lovely gradual walk up to the top and the views are beautiful. Once you reach the ridge line the views over to the Howgills and across to the Lake District are stunning on a clear day. We could clearly see Great End and Blencathra, or so we think! 

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Looking back towards the valley and Great Shunner Fell.

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Erik with Wild Boar Fell in the background & me on the cairn at the top of Wild Boar Fell.

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Sand Tarn - yes there really is sand!

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Obviously had to go for a dip. It was quite warm! Actually warmer than being stood in shorts and a t-shirt in the wind. It isn't very deep though but it is soft underfoot.

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The Howgills and the Lakeland mountains in the background.

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After our walk we headed to Ravenstondale to the Kings Head pub, where we met a couple of friends and sat out on the picnic benches enjoying a glass of fizz in the sunshine. I'm actually rather tired from the walk and the heat so it's an early night for me before a hike up to Helvellyn tomorrow morning with the girls in preparation for our 32 mile challenge in 2 weeks time. Speak soon, L.

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