As walks go I tend to enjoy most of the day - there may be bits of the walk I don't like or don't remember with fondness, but today seemed to be a complete mirror image of this. I hated nearly every minute of this walk, apart from about 30 minutes while I stopped for lunch and was rewarded with some fantastic views.
The last several weeks of rain have turned all this area into a huge sucking, spagnum bog. Even though I'd equipped my feet with boots in anticipation of boggy underfoot conditions I wasn't expecting what I found. I spent 80% of this walk on pathless terrain, mostly spagnum bogs, tussocky grass or peat hags. Holme Moss Hill was the worst place; I must have slipped over a dozen times here and was totally soaked by the time I got to the valley bottom.
My new coat - Paramo Velez Adventure Light Smock - was great, it packs down nicely unlike my other Paramo and weighs in at about 560g, much lighter than the Alta II. It feels great with just a baselayer on too. Great coat.
Start: Rawthey Bridge Finish: Rawthey Bridge
Distance: 12.0 mls, 19.31 km
Height Gain: 2500 ft, 762.0 m
Start Time: 07:36 End Time: 13:15
Ave Speed: 2.1 mph
Region: Yorkshire Dales
Route Description: Rawthey Bridge, path on lower slopes of Bluecaster, Flint Howe, Wild Boar Fell, Swarth Fell, Holmes Moss Hill, Rawthey Gill, Needle House, Rawthey Bridge
Walking with: Alone
Long Distance Path:
TP6943 - Wild Boar Fell (Slightly damaged condition)