KELD TO RAVENSEAT AND TAN HILL 22 July 2918
KELD TO RAVENSEAT AND TAN HILL 22 July 2018
Nine walkers plus Arthur the dog set off from Keld on a warm Sunday morning with a pleasant mixture of cloud and blue sky to cross the footbridge over the River Swale then head west towards Ravenseat. After making good progress in the first hour, we stopped for “elevenses” near the impressive chasm of Oven Mouth above Whitsundale Beck, before traversing the farmyard at Ravenseat (no sign of the famous Amanda although several of her numerous offspring were in evidence).
From Ravenseat Farm we continued past the rather smart shepherd’s hut seen in one of Ade Edmondson’s TV documentaries about the Dales then tackled the (relatively) gentle ascent of Robert’s Seat and walked on across the moorland to skirt the deep defile of Thomas Gill. Descending by the Gill we crossed the clapperbridge over Stonesdale Beck and followed the path up to Tan Hill. Unfortunately our hopes of cooling refreshment at the Inn bar were thwarted by a long line of bikers, cyclists and Sunday motorists, all determined to get a drink at the highest pub in Great Britain. Not willing to queue, we contented ourselves with making our way round to the back of the Inn to lunch on a rocky outcrop with a superb view across Stainmore.
After lunch we were able to enjoy the benefits of our morning’s 1,600 feet of ascent by following the Pennine Way downhill (nearly) all the way back to Keld where most of us diverted to the farmhouse tea garden and enjoyed a well-earned assortment of drinks and ice creams.