Following an unexpectedly sunny Saturday afternoon on Scout Crags, we prepared for another dry day for Raven Crag. Disappointingly, it was a damp morning in Langdale with low cloud shrouding most of the tops. Without a breeze, the dampness hung on until mid-morning so we decided it was time for planB. Heading for the first venue in the Dales, we stopped at Twistleton where Erica, Chris, Paul and I spent the afternoon on dry rock. Ascents included Fretsaw (HVD*), Angel Delight (HS), Cold Feet(VD), Supreme White (S*), Evening Star(S***) and Priority Corner (S*). Hope that we’ll have a more successful trip to Raven Crag later in the year!
Is there any interest in a trip to the Alps this year?
It seems a long walk in from Clapham and the climbs just that bit tougher on such a warm and sunny evening. For some reason I had not ticked off Christmas Cracker (VS**) in the past, but after spending an inordinate amount of time testing the patience of my belayer, I now know why! The route remains unticked.
Lesser routes proved more successful although Ash Tree Crack (HS*) was scrappy and challenging at the grade. Plum Duff (MS) and Wobbling Wall (HVD**) – Pictured in the evening heat haze – were more in keeping as was West Wall Direct (S*) despite it’s challenging start.
Blessed with a stunning morning five of us set off from Sedbergh and enjoyed England at its best. From leafy river banks covered with blue bells and wild garlic we studied the imposing old railway viaducts of the now abandon Barbon line. Having swung south down the Rawthey and Lune valleys we now headed north with a splendiferous panorama of the Howgills opening up before us.
A well graded track soon followed which led up past Birkhaw onto Bram Rigg and The Calf where we were once again greeted with a super view.
Having packed the night before after a big tea, the Leaders butty box was now looking decidedly bare. Oh no!! So not quite declaring an emergency we scampered off down the hill where we soon found a great cafe thanks to Steve’s intel and enjoyed an unusual selection of very yummy cakes and a well earned pot of tea.
A great end to a very enjoyable day out!! Thanks to all for the good company.
The next walk is David’s on Saturday 15th June Drumaldrace (Wensleydale) which again is another lovely part of the world.
A bracing Whernside walk
Five of us enjoyed the latest Thursday walk. With a fresh north easterly and spatterings of rain, it could have been unpleasant, but the views were good and the wind in our favour on the approach from above Dentdale. This path passes by Whernside’s tarns, a new route for two of the group, giving more added interest.
Some folk think Whernside is boring, but for me it scores highly as a viewpoint. You have a great panorama, from Ribblehead westwards, with Ingleborough laid out in all it’s glory. Although my heart is in Lancashire, I have to admit that some bits of Yorkshire aren’t bad!
Thanks to Flo, Shirley, Anne and prospective member Simon for coming and all providing good company.