Martin on Cnicht

Martin on Cnicht

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Sunday 28 September 2014 – Cocklaw Fell and Hollow Moor

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Sue and I drove up to the Lakes to the sounds of garden birds on a new CD, to near Kentmere,  parking near the KV factory, for a quick trot over these two minor summits before heading over to Broadoaks for a cream tea. We heard wrens and dunnocks (we think) and the robins were unmistakable. They have red breasts.

We saw three mountain bikers on the good bridleways that were bereft of any other visitors on this cloudy but warm day.

Views were limited, but here's a selection:

We found our way along a good path past Green Quarter to Skeggles Water.

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Here we are by Skeggles Water, with the undistinguished 365 metre summit of Cocklaw Fell to the right.

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From the same spot, the outflow of Skeggles Water is lined with water lilies.

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We wandered over the grassy bulge of Cocklaw Fell, then up to the 426 metre summit of Hollow Moor on Green Quarter Fell.

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An easy shortcut on our return, led us over open ground to join the good bridleway near Nuttera Beck, where this lone hawthorn tree stood out.

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Here’s our route - 13 km, 350 metres ascent, taking 3 hours. It was an excellent choice given our time constraints and the low cloud that hung over some of the higher summits.

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Broadoaks Country House in Troutbeck has changed hands since we were married there in 2002, the previous owners having retired in 2007. However it continues gaily on its way and seems to be in good hands.

The cream tea was delicious, after which we enjoyed a visit to a spa in Bowness. Back at Broadoaks for an indulgent evening, the food was excellent and Sue's dessert even had 'Welcome Back' emblazoned in chocolate around the side of the plate. 

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2 comments:

Sir Hugh said...

All familiar territory for me being close to home. There are good walks and paths on the western side of Kentmere as well. Over in Long Sleddale it is worth getting off the track that winds up to Boredale Hause to follow the stream

Phreerunner said...

Yes Conrad. I also like it up by Tarn and Buckbarrow Crags. Some of the lower summits have lots to offer for short days or bad weather...