Northern Fells Wildcamping – Part 4 – Finishing Off

Posted by @ 10:07 pm on Saturday 22nd May, 2010.

The next morning we were clagged in again so we had a prolonged breakfast waiting for the wind-driven rain to abate. Eventually we packed up and checked out the vacated pitch to ensure that we'd left no trace of our temporary residence. Other than the dry patch uncovered as we struck the tent there wasn't any sign that we'd overnighted there, and we were confident that the ensuing rain would soon deal with that:

 

Without a trace

We headed back to and over the col and took the path beside the Glenderamackin to the footbridge below White Horse Bent:

Descending beside the Glenderamackin

 

While we were on our way down the wind picked up and lashed rain at us, so I packed away the camera to keep it safe. Declining the option to continue down the path along river, we crossed the bridge and went up the easy slope and along the deceptively-long ridge to the summit of Souther Fell. After a few minutes of map-checking just below the summit, we went off-piste down the eastern flank to intercept one of the diagonal tracks back to Low Beckside. We'd met no other walkers that day until we reached Mungrisdale.

At valley-level the wind and rain had ceased and the temperatures were rising fast, so we took the opportunity to rehydrate at The Mill Inn at Mungrisdale. Well, it would have been ignorant to have passed by without going in. That, and the fact that it would have been cruel on the wild horses needed to drag me kicking and screaming up the road:

 

The Rehydration Station


From there it was but a short mile back to the car at Bowscale Moss. Thankfully the local equine population weren't there to give us a send-off:

The final stretch back to Bowscale Moss

Just one more post to follow, then we're done.

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4 Responses to “Northern Fells Wildcamping – Part 4 – Finishing Off”

  1. Hendrik says:

    Did enjoy the whole write-up a lot, thank you. And nice to see some of the hills I have recently been reading about in your photos!

  2. Karl says:

    Smashing read and lovely pictures.Lovely area to walk, bleak but at the same time beautiful. Glad i could help with the parking spot, should have warned you of the kit eating ponies 🙂

  3. Robin says:

    Very inspiring. It's a long time since I've wandered around the northern fells. Beautiful desolation and very quiet. Must do them again soon. Thanks for reminding me.

  4. BG! says:

    Thanks for your comments, folks.

    I've a mind to go back there when there's been a good snowfall. Next winter, maybe?

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