The weather today was exceptional, 8.30am saw all four of us at Cow Bridge car park! There was rain in the sky. The idea was to take the Bridleway from Hartsop to High Street. A climb of about 2,500 feet, and around 11 miles. But as things go, it didnt quite work out that way!
This is the view looking back towards Hartsop, in the English Lake District. From L-R. Dollywaggon Pike, in the far right, we have Helvellyn. The small lake in the middle distance is Brothers Water. We left Cow Bridge around 9.30 am, after several cups of Tea! we needed it! It wasnt the warmest of days. Travelling up through the remote village of Hartsop, we began the long climb on the south side of Hayeswater Beck. This lies between Prison Crag and Grey Crag.
The picture above shows Hayeswater Beck, we have just crossed it, and are preparing to ascend towards the Knott. Unfortunately here we discovered that the ground ahead was very wet and soft. But we pressed on with the proviso, that should it get worse we would head down.
The ride itself is a fantastic trail across the most beautiful countryside. In the shot above, the ground we are standing on is very soft. In the distance are Helvellyn and other hills. It was decided that we would terminate the ride at this point.
L-R. Sheena, Katy, horse with the blaze is “Tiny” and with his “Butt” to the world, “Topaz!”
The ground being so soft, was begining to drain energy from the horses. Plus up on these Fells, there are real chances of the horses stepping into Peat Bogs, easy for the horse to disappear!
“C`mon Dad!………….. Lets go back down?”
Back at the Waggon, more Tea, and some hot buttered Toast!