Open country, North of Chipping, Curlew in view.
Lunch at Langden Castle.
The path along the upper section of Fiendsdale.
At the highest cairn on Fair Snape Fell.
Walkm stats: Distance: 12.4 miles. Climb: 3750' (wind assisted on the GPS), in reality more like 2200'.
Time: 7 hours 31 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Dave J., Mike and Celia.
Wall to wall blue skies ans sunshine with temperatures in the high twenties, thankfully we had a cool easterly breeze with us on most of the walk. It did however strengthen enough to blow my hat off as we approached Parlick.
Much of the walk was superb, and we even had close up views of two Brown hares on Saddle Fell. However the concessionary path into Bleadale Water was hard to find and we did much Heather hopping and both Mike and Celia had mishaps on this section!
However once we encountered a proper path on the East side of Bleadale Water, thinhs wer much better and we could enjoy the scenery. the final approach to Langden Castle required two crossings of the river, not all of us escaped with dry feet!
We had lunch at Langden castle, where the we were surprised to see two Sand martins flying around.
The upper section of Fiendsdale Water was delightful too, and it was along this section that we heard Ring ouzel.
The trek across the peat from Fiensdale Head to Fair Snape Fell had its difficult moments too!
We arrived back at the car, having had a long and demanding walk, an looking forward to some liquid refreshment.
Birds seen or heard today included: Barn swallow, Swift, Sand martin, Pied wagtail, Reed bunting, Meadow pipit, Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Great spotted woodpecker, Eurasian curlew, Lapwing, Common pheasant, Grey partridge, Red-legged partridge, Red grouse, Kestel, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, House sparrow and Common blackbird.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Tillotson Arms in Chipping, where Hawkshead Bitter went down well.
On leaving the Tillotsons Arms the village seemed to filled with steam tractors, including Fred Dibnah's.