23rd May 2010
Tired legs, sore feet and diminished enthusiasm all led to a shorter, lowel level walk than that which we had done the day before. Another consideration was the need to get out of the centre of the Lake District because big crowds were expected as the warm spell continued and we didn't want to get caught up in the exit rush later in the day.....
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09:40 and we have planned a route which will take us along the East side of the valley towards The Tongue.
Another caravan / campsite that has chucked out the campers and favoured the big money deals associated with holiday homes.
The Track to Hagg Gill
What a splendid low level walk in prospect. Yoke, Ill Bell and all that on the right as we look.
Long Green Head Farm
This is where we cross Hagg Gill and start the short, steep ascent of The Tongue.
Quarries on Ill Bell
Quarry on The Tongue
Walking with me for the third consecutive walk was Simon Baldwin, who firmly believes that The Tongue is a Roche Moutonnée and having studied the lie of the land, I'm inclined to agree.
Down The Valley
We walked down the flank of the fell to join the footpath along the West side of the valley.
This classic Lakeland bridge is adjacent to Troutbeck Park Farm.
Queens Head Hotel
We stopped by for a glass of light refreshment. It was approaching lunch, but our shortish walk did not merit chooisng from the menu on offer which looked expensive and extensive.
The end of the walk. That's another outing on new territory and a perfect antidote to the after effects of Saturday's marathon.
Walkers: Simon Baldwin and Me.
Time taken: 3hrs over a distamce of about 5 miles.
Route: Roadside parking, Limefitt, track to Hagg Gll, up The Tongue, the mine, Troutbeck back to the car.
Weather and conditions: Hot and Sunny.
Greetings Count: One man on the last stretch.
Richard's Refreshment Review: We had one drink at The Queens Head and then a sandwich at Wilf's Cafe, Staveley.
All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2010 ©