Great Shunner Fell. 2nd July 2016

Posted by Alan Scott on 2016-07-21

Great Shunner  Fell. 2nd July 2016

“It was a dark and stormy night.....”

I always wanted to start a walk report with that line, but on the Saturday of the S.O.C. club camp it had been a stormy night on Friday. So only four walkers, Tracy, Jill, Trevor and myself  set off from Usher Gap on the `strenuous` walk up 

The first stop was The Kearton Hotel in Thwaite after less than a mile!  The group started to question the walk grade as `strenuous`, but after cappuccino with lovely ginger biscuits everyone agreed the stop worthwhile and it gave me time to have  my usual soapbox talk about “use it or lose it”    

The work started after Thwaite with the group heading up The Pennine Way. As we climbed up, so the rain came down and by the time we reached the summit of Shunner Fell conditions were pretty foul. After lunch and photos the choice was- back down or continue over Lovely Seat. The choice was made easier by me offering “foamy bananas” and this was a tough bunch of walkers who all wanted to continue over the next hill, even though it meant `peat hags`

After Great Shunner Fell we didn`t see another soul, although on the Pennine Way we had encountered several parties. Another stop on Lovely Seat for “foamy bananas” gave us good views to Inglebrough and the Three Peaks and then the peat hags started as we headed back to Swaledale. Fortunately the majority of the peat hags were avoided by following exactly the watershed until we dropped down to a limestone shelf which had a variety of sink holes similar to the “Buttertubs”  We continued down to the intake field and followed a `green road` with lovely views of Muker and eventually into the village.

Purely to support the local economy we called into “The Farmers Arms” for a pint. Refreshed we strolled back by field paths to Usher Gap and as we arrived back at the campsite the sun came out and all memories of “a dark and stormy night” disappeared!

Alan Scott

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