Thursday 3rd June 2010

 

Start Point : Bullpot Farm (SD 662 815)

                   

Distance : 5.7 miles          Height Ascended : 360 metres

 

Route Map

 

 

Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale.

 

The road bridge over the River Lune at Kirkby Lonsdale.

 

Bullpot Farm (headquarters of the Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club) - the approach to which offers ample  parking space.

 

Looking back down the track from Bullpot Farm that leads across Casterton Fell – Brownthwaite Pike left of centre.

 

Sky Lark.

 

The path across the top of Casterton Fell is way-marked (see right) and well trod.

 

Ease Gill.

 

Above Ease Gill waterfall where the limestone has worn smooth.

 

The footbridge across Ease Gill above the waterfall.

 

The waterfall at Ease Gill (Cow Holes) dry today.

Note the roundness of the stones in the centre of the dried out pool bed.

 

Ease Gill.

………………a lovely place eerily silent because the wide bouldery stream normally carries no water, the bed being bleached dry…………(AW)

 

Hawthorn.

 

Herb Robert.

 

Ease Gill.

 

Tree shaded dry waterfall…………………………..

 

……………………with naturally sculptured church-like arched window.

 

Above Ease Gill Kirk.

 

The remains of Hellot Scales Barn.

AW advised not to look inside……………….there may be dead bodies!!

 

The ntrance to Cow Pot……………………

 

………………….fenced off to protect the unwary.

 

Lancaster Hole.

This innocuous metal cover just south of Cow Pot is the main entrance to the Ease Gill Cave system, the longest and most complex

cave system in Britain, with around 47 miles of passages spanning the valley between Leck Fell and Casterton Fell.

 

Bull Pot of the Witches.

 

Great Coum / Crag Hill over Gale Garth Farm.

 

Cotton Grass.

 

No long distance views today from the cairn on Brownthwaite Pike but a hazy one down to Kirkby Lonsdale.

 

 

The triangulation column marking the true summit of Brownthwaite Pike - Middleton Fell to the left Great Coum to the right.

 

Summit pose from Violet.