Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Friday 27 January 2012 – A Long Preston Amble

Martin, with Attermire behind

I pottered up to Long Preston for a morning stroll with Heather, of TGO Challenge fame.  It had snowed overnight above around 250 metres, but everything was rather soggy and sunshine was intermittent at best.  I’ve been looking enviously at all the wonderful photos from people who managed to get out on the following day (Saturday), but hey – we had a nice walk, and my knee survived.

Only a few pictures were taken, and those worth retaining were all taken from about the same spot – a small col to the east of Sugar Loaf Hill, from where the rugged outline of Attermire Scar provides a stunning backdrop, and there are also good views back down towards Ribblesdale.

Heather, and the view to Attermire

Our brief glimpse of the sun at this, our far point of the walk, was soon eclipsed by the blackness of a rain laden sky which thankfully kept its counsel (just about) until we were able to take cover in Heather’s house, where tasty Welsh rarebit and salad was comfortably washed down with a welcome mug of tea.

Looking back to Black's Plantation

On the way back to Long Preston we passed The Hawes, a 100 acre site where native broadleaf woodland was planted in 2003.  The site, which Heather thinks has recently changed owners, is intended to attract a wide variety of wildlife, and welcomes visitors.

Further along the track, Bookilber Barn, wrecked for many years after a fire, has been converted into luxury holiday accommodation for up to 12 people.  Strangely, I’m unable to get any idea of prices from its website!

Here’s the route we took – a very amenable little excursion from Long Preston - 14km, 270 metres ascent, taking a leisurely 3 hours.

Our route: 14km, 270 metres ascent, around 3 hours

Thanks for your company, Heather, I enjoyed this short outing.

The rest of the pictures are here.


QDanT said...

in contrast :-
cheers Danny

Al said...

That's a great walk, I did it (with a slight variation) a few months ago. One of those hidden corners, so close to the A65 yet so little visited.

Phreerunner said...

Thanks for your comments, this was quite a contrast also to my own recent visits to Attermire here and here.

Alan R said...

Hi Martin, Sorry to hear about the knee, I am a bit behind with my blog reading so I am not sure what has happened to you.
Good to see some snow, it reminds me of what I am missing. Ha.

Phreerunner said...

Just a flesh wound, Alan, but thanks for your concern. I think I can guarantee a bit more snow on these pages over the next few weeks, BTW.

afootinthehills said...

That looks a bonnie walk Martin. Enjoy your snow - Canada I'm guessing?