Thursday 12th March 2009

 

Start Point 1 : Truss Gap (NY 515 133)

                   

Distance : 6.3 miles          Height Ascended : 450 metres

 

Route Map 1

 

 

Swindale Beck at Truss Gap

 

Looking towards Swindale Head

 

Swindale Head Farm

 

 

Crossing the footbridge at Dodd Bottom and looking up towards Selside on the right

 

 Hewe, Hewe, Barney McGrewe…………………………………..

 

The delightfully named Hobgrumble Gill

 

The drumlins at Swindale Head

 

As height is gained the view down Swindale Head becomes more impressive

 

Looking north from the top of Nabs Crags

 

The grassy summit of Nabs Moor - Selside to the right

 

Overlooking the cairn above Nabs Moor to the indefinite summit of Howes

 

The many  tops of Swindale Common from Howes

 

Mosedale Cottage  and some of the old quarry workings at the head of Mosedale

 

Mosedale Cottage

 

‘………….desolation profound’ (AW)

 

Forces Falls

 

Forces Falls

 

Violet takes a breather by the falls

 

Wainwright describes the environs of Swindale waterfalls  as extremely fine (up to Lodore standard).

It's remoteness has ensured it has remained unspoilt

 

 

Simon Stone

 

Mosedale Beck eventually becomes Swindale Beck - here it winds it's way through the drumlins at Swindale Head

 

Looking back to Forces Falls

 

A sunlit Swindale Head

 

Swindale

 

 

Start Point 2 : Scarside (NY 536 182)

                   

Distance : 3.3 miles          Height Ascended : 130 metres

 

Route Map 2

 

Spring has sprung

 

The old lime kiln on Knipescar Common

 

Looking northwest along Knipescar Common to the limestone outcrop of Knipe Scar

 

A glimpse of Haweswater below the distant High Street ridge

 

Limestone pavement

 

The stone circle marked on the OS map - I've seen better

 

Knipe Scar

 

Looking to the summit of Knipe Scar from the access lane above Scarside