I decided to return to a route I did with Rambling Pete back in March, when the fells were under a couple of feet of snow – we’d not managed to ascend Yarlside because of the snow and ice, so I wanted to come back and bag a couple of Yorkshire Top 30s and visit the top.
Parking in Newbiggin-on-Lune again
Looking across to the long narrow valley of Bowderdale
Approaching the mouth of Bowderdale, along a very boggy and very wet path
Bowderdale with Yarlside at its head
The path through Bowderdale, very easy to follow and a bit wet in places
Yarlside grows ever bigger as I get futher down the valley
Cautley Spout from the path ascending Yarlside – the path is very faint, but once you find it, its fine
Cautley Spout with the Calf behind
The Lakeland fells from the summit of Yarlside – I could pick out Great Gable and the Scafells from the summit here
Looking down onto Kensgriff (centre) and randygill Top (left) from the summit of Yarlside
Looking back to Yarlside – its very steep and there’s no path to speak of – we would never have made it in March with all the snow on the flanks
Looking up Randygill Top
A zoom on the Lake District from randygill Top – how many can you name from here – without the guides?
Looking to Green Bell from the descent from Randygill Top
The last section is almost pathless and very boggy
Following a little footpath back into Newbiggin
Problem is, no-one uses it, so its very overgrown – thank goodness for the marker posts
This is the footpath – looking back from the outside – the owner of the house has removed the footpath sign from his fence post to deter walkers. I remember when Pete and I were here last time thinking "the path can’t be through this garden" and turning round and walking back through the village. The other side of the fence post has a yellow marker on it, but not this side – cheeky sod!