|Route taken to Whinlatter by Phil G4OBK & Geoff on 7th January 2011|
|Profile of our walk from the car parking area at NY 204245 to Whinlatter LDW-160|
|Parking place just north of Thackthwaite|
|Phil G4OBK on the summit of Low Fell LDW-196 / LD-042. Loweswater and Mellbreak are behind|
|Geoff makes his way up Fellbarrow|
The contact rate on Fellbarrow was on the low side with five stations logged, however John G0TDM in Penrith was contacted for the first time on this two day trip. It was a steady trek back down and we rejoined our route up at 142237 where we chatted to three walkers, the only people seen all day so far apart from the Police Officers at Whinlatter. On arriving at Geoff's car it was dinner time, so we tucked into our food and flasks - the tea being much warmer than we had the previous day. At this point we both felt fit and well which was my cue to text message Geoff G4WHA who alerted our decision on the WOTA Website to go ahead with a late afternoon activation of Ling Fell and Sale Fell which were just a few miles north of our present position and part of the North Western Fells group.
|Route taken to Ling Fell LDW-205 and then Sale Fell LDW-208 from a parking place near Eskin|
Ascent from Eskin
Geoff drove the 8 miles to grid reference NY 184291 (near Eskin) where we set off at 1410z for the summit of Ling Fell. A corpse road runs around the periphery of the hill and we followed this for further than we needed to. Tracing routes out of Stuart Marshalls book are not an exact science as they aren't OS Maps, just sketch maps, and in this case my estimate of his route up LIng Fell was slightly out resulting in a more steepening climb than had we struck out for the top a little earlier - see the map above. Our downward route was better and is on the right hand side.
|This was Ling Fell seen from the flank of Sale Fell on the day we climbed it|
|Profile of our route Ling Fell LDW-205 on left Sale Fell LDW-208 on right|
|Parking place for Ling and Sale Fell|
This proved to be quite a hard day and one of the few where a car by neccessity, was used to travel between the different summit areas. Geoff drove back to our Hotel in Keswick where after a quick wash and brush up I was ready for the drive back home to Pickering (with Geoff heading south to Worcester). The road conditions on the A66 over Bowes Moor were quite dangerous with snow, slush and ice around. The second lane was ususable other than by the foolish. Three vehicles were off the road on the top of the Moor and the police were there. One vehicle had come to grief by landing on its side on the nearside verge. ...and still people were using the outside lane at speeds in excess of 70 mph. Madness.
I picked up fish and chips when I got to Pickering and was home enjoying them with my XYL Judy by 8.00pm.
|Sale Fell LDW-208 from Ling Fell LDW-205 on the day of our activation|