Circuit of Harland Hill 18 October 2020

Posted by Frank Broughton on 2020-10-19

Circuit of Harland Hill - 18 October 2020

Six walkers (Jennifer and Mark Fitzgerald, Sharon Hanson-Cooper, Graham Moss, Mark Richardson and I) set out from West Burton on a grey Sunday morning.  We stopped briefly to admire Cauldron Force falls then walked through the fields to Cote bridge from where we followed a stretch of minor road to reach the bridlepath leading up to Fleensop Moor.  

The ascent behind us, we enjoyed a brief coffee stop then forked onto a less well marked bridlepath over the aptly named Rough Side before descending to Fleensop Farm.  From there, a field path led us in the direction of Carlton.   Half-way along this path we stopped for lunch on a bank above Turn Beck.  Crossing the beck after lunch was easier for those of us with longer legs but thankfully everyone managed to get across with dry feet.  Once over the beck, we continued along the somewhat soggy footpath to meet the track leading up to Howden shooting lodge and on to the head of Thupton gill from where we had great views down into Walden and beyond to the distant heights of Mallerstang and the Howgills.  The stony route descending the gill is tricky in places but we all got back down to the road safely and took the path from Cote bridge leading to a footbridge over Walden beck and on into the top end of West Burton.  

Thanks to my companions on the walk, who I hope enjoyed it as much as I did.


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