A Quick Stride Over Farleton Fell   18 comments

The Monday of our visit was Xmas Eve and most of us were either travelling home to see family or in our case for a brief visit home before our next trip. Right on cue the British weather transformed overnight from dark, damp and gloomy to cold clear and frosty!

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Whilst its a little frustrating to have such a stunning day when most of us couldn’t make use of it, you can’t really complain about a glorious morning like this or in fact a weekend that had delivered some great walks regardless of the weather.

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I managed to reel off a few photos and set my mind working to to a way to cram in a short walk on the way home.

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Inspiration struck in realising that Farleton Fell is but a short detour from our route home. Not only that it’s small and perfectly formed and you can drive pretty much to the top. Add to that the fact that its a superb area of limestone with great views and we had our walk. TJF kindly agreed to wait in the car for an hour while the three of us took in some cold December air.

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It was stunning. If anything the skies were even clearer. A stunning pin sharp clarity to the air and the sky the deepest blue.

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Walking in these conditions is a sheer delight and I took loads of photos with views in all directions.

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The light on the crags and trees was just amazing.

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The summit is crossed by numerous paths and we just wandered with a sort of aim for the highest point following the edge around.

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Looking back towards Yorkshire and Ingleborough

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Across to the high summits of the Lake District.

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And north to the Howgills.

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I really love this angled Limestone Pavement near the top with its almost perfect slope and deeply incised features.

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Th views from the top were immense.

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A panorama to take it all in.

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Across Morecambe Bay.

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And down towards Arnside and Silverdale – we wave at our friends from the neighbourhood.

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This dead tree made an unusual subject.

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TBF finding crossing the pavements something of a challenge.

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We followed a number of wide grassy promenades across the limestone and fields and back up to the car.

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We’d only been out an hour but it was a truly memorable walk. A three hour journey in the car suddenly didn’t seem so bad.

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Back on the road for home for a Xmas day without turkey, trimmings, presents and all that.

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We needed to focus on washing and re-packing for our next trip.

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18 responses to “A Quick Stride Over Farleton Fell

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  1. Perfect conditions! We missed you waving, sorry, but we did have quite a busy day.

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    beatingthebounds
  2. What a contrast in days. The clarity of the sky is in unbelieveable. So glad you managed that magical hour of walking.

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  3. Gorgeous looking day!

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  4. Wowsers, some of the best weather I’ve seen so far this winter

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  5. I live for day’s like that one. Great photos. I think I was out that day as well. If Heaven exists I expect it to have similar weather conditions or I’ll be disappointed..

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    Blue Sky Scotland
  6. I live for day’s like that one. Great photos.

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    Blue Sky Scotland
  7. Glad you were able to take advantage of a sunny day!

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  8. Good use of a glorious day, among the best of the limestone country walks with good views as well. Coupled with Hutton Roof Crags it makes a very fine longer walk.

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    • There is so much wonderful, gentle and dramatic, limestone country in the South Lakes that gets very little attention (long may it stay that way). I often used to look at this one as drove north and wondered what it was like.

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  9. That looks superb. Great photos.

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    Brenda-Dawn Linney

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