: 3 Pillars, 2 Crags and a Quarry
5th June 2014
to the right of Longsleddale, where Lakeland transmutes
into moorland, are two minor tops that, if they were
not Wainwrights, would be seldom visited.
for those on the Wainwright trail, like John, but time
constricted, they prove a useful objective. Nevertheless,
it would be better if you could see where you are going!
there are other reasons to explore the area. There
are three objects marked on the OS map as "Pillar".
I had never given them much thought but in researching
the route, I discovered that they were sighting pillars
for the engineers plotting the route of the pipeline
to convey water from Haweswater to Manchester-a topic
mentioned in BB1309.
So, added to the Wainwright baggers should be the pipeline
junkies, something which I seem to be becoming.
the other side of the valley is a quarry and there are
many walkers who are interested in exploring such features.
Stan, for example.
from ourselves, who between us fall into all three categories,
there were no other folk daft enough to venture forth
into the clag.
was pleasant enough when we parked at Sadgill and set
off up the steep climb up Great Howe where, on the edge
of Brock Crag, we discovered the first pillar. This
has a fine view down the Longsleddale valley and, to
the north, the second pillar could be seen on the horizon.
1, looking down Longsleddale
2 from Pillar 1
didn't take long to reach the second pillar, which similarly
had a good view south.
2's view of Pillar 1 and Longsleddale
and Stan at Pillar 2
3 from Pillar 2
cloud rolls in
all survived the climb
there, it was a peaty route march to the
top of Grey Crag.
the cloud rolled in and visibility dropped
the top of Tarn Crag involved map and gps
(or in Stan's traditional and more reliable
manner, compass) to direct us to a dry stone
we followed to a strategic corner then struck
off perfectly to the south west, first to
find the summit cairn and then the third
descent was simple, just follow the wall down out of
the mist to the col between Longsleddale and Mosedale,
where the Cottage could be clearly seen in the distance.
We debated whether to pay a visit and if we had
had more time, we probably would have called in for
quarry from Tarn Crag
cottage from Tarn Crag
this occasion we went the other way, down Brownhowe
Bottom to the top of the Gatesgarth Pass where we intended
to explore the Wrengill Quarry. I had it mind
that we would climb the track then enter the quarry
from the tops we had done on BB1217,
however, had other ideas. He led us up the stream
which we had to keep re-crossing, leaping from slippery
stone to slippery stone to avoid a wetting (unsuccessfully
on one occasion as far as I was concerned).
after passing various mining relics, we reached a large
chamber which, if we had more time, torches and rubber
flippers, we might have explored. As it was, we
just wondered what might be found inside.
escaped from the canyon to find the modest remains of
an old building and more relics, a good place to stop
it was an easy stroll down the valley back to the car
at Sadgill Bridge, the needs of Pillar, Crag and Quarry
junkies all satisfied.
Thursday 5th June 2014
the years, the Queen's Head at Troutbeck has often been
a post outing watering hole for us, the most recent
being last week on BB1419.
it looks like being a long time before we will be able
to return as it has suffered what appears to have been
a major blaze.
to read what happened and see dramatic photos.
5th June 2014
climbed in feet
Crag, Tarn Crag, Wrengill Quarry
Don, John Hn, Stan
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