Friday 9th October 2009

 

Start Point : A6 layby (NY 553 062)

Distance : 5.4 miles Height Ascended : 390 metres

 

Route Map

High House Bank (OF) and Crookdale Beck.

The Robin Hood / Lord's Seat ridge extends left to right towards the top of Sleddale Fell (Grey Crag)

 

Crookdale Beck and Whatshaw Common (OF) from Crookdale Bridge

 

Huck's Bridge

 

Dipper

 

Looking down Borrowdale from the bridleway leading to Bretherdale

 

Borrowdale - Whinash to the left and the Whinfell ridge to the right

In 2006 a Public Enquiry rejected government plans to build the Whinash Wind Farm here.

The development would have seen the erection 27 turbines, each 377ft tall.

 

Whinash - the ridge between Borrowdale and Bretherdale was the proposed site for the windfarm

 

A hazy sun percolates through the high cloud over Borrowdale

 

Looking down on Bretherdale Head from the top of Breasthigh Road

 

Bretherdale Head and the distant Pennines

 

Violet finds a perch and surveys the scenery

 

Orange or Yellow Pholiota (?)

 

Approaching the lower end of the Breasthigh Road and Bretherdale Head

 

Breasthigh Beck adjacent to the path is lined with birch, alder and rowan and is a riot of autumn colours

 

Breasthigh Beck............................

 

.......and again

 

Derelict barns at Bretherdale Head

 

Derelict barn / farmhouse

 

Ruined insides of one of the derelict barns nature is quick to regain a foothold

 

Old stone-bridge across Bretherdale Beck

 

Bretherdale

 

Whinash (long may it remain this way)

 

Parrocks, another once fine farmhouse in delightful surroundings

 

Parrocks

 

Looking back down Bretherdale to the distant Howgills

 

Autumn

 

Yet another ruined farm building near the head of Bretherdale Beck

 

The head of Bretherdale........................

 

.......where the path becomes a little indistinct but it is just a matter of continuing up

the featureless moorland keeping Crookdale Crag to the left