The sky was clear although it was quite cool and remained so for much of the day.
|Trevor putting on his boots in preparation for the day ahead|
|Looking down on the village of Keld|
Throughout the areas that we have walked through there have been quite a few sheep. The breeds have varied quite a bit. In this part of the country fat tailed sheep are common.
Leaving the village we crossed over the River Swale at East Gill Force.
|Note the tea coloured water (bottom right)|
The climb up to Crackpot Hill was a bit of a drag but the views worth the effort. by the way, a crackpot is a fissure in the limestone.
Our next climb, up and over a ridge to Swinner Gill Mine and then down to Blakethwaite mine site had quite a few challenging bits. I through that we were to have a bog free day. Ha! The views were stunning to make up for the hard walking conditions.
|Walking over rocky fields of heath|
|A patch of heath on the hillside opposite the mine site|
We dropped down to Gunnerside Gill (stream) and then climbed up onto Melbecks Moor. We had climbed up a hoosh to get to the Moor. A hoosh was used by the lead miners to wash lead bearing rock down the slop so that they could separate the lead from the limestone. They used water for this exercise.
|An interesting limestone formation we passed going up the hoosh|
We then descended to yet another abandoned lead mine, Old Gang Smelting Mills, where we stopped for lunch.
|An abandoned crusher|
|This building had benches around the outer walls ... a luxury|
|Inside one of the abandoned buildings. Equipment had just been left in situ|
|A furry catapillar|
|A grouse ... these birds are shot for sport ... and also fetch a high price in restaurants|
|Cubs and scouts who greeted us just out of Reeth|
|The narrrow track between walls that we followed into Reeth. It was boot width in places|
|Arriving at our B&B: Hackney House|