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Gallery 2019 - November

Greater spotted woodpecker
Kendal wall

Rose and Paul in Zermatt, with that most iconic of mountains, the Matterhorn, behind.

A prize for the first Fellfarer to name all the members who have been to the summit.

(Mick was the first to respond with Phil Clark, Mike Walford, and Mick Fox)

Two photos of the Skye Cuillin taken from the Rhue peninsular near Arisaig, by Alan Wilson
Remembrance Sunday
Roger on the way up from Honister, looking at Pillar
Vicky and Roger on the way up, with Buttermere and Crummock Water behind
Roger, Nick, and Vicky on the summit


Slide show - Rostock and Two Smokin Mammals’ (Swiss Via Ferrata and other stories)

There was a good turn out of 27 members and guests for this slide show given by Rose and Paul East at Netherfield CC. Superb photos of the Aletsch glacier and various via ferrata routes, together with their usual infectious humour kept the audience well entertained.


Mid-week walk - Crag Hill via Bretherdale - Not!

A good turn out of 18 members and guests enjoyed a day of incidents. Two cars were late in arriving at the start point of Hucks Bridge, and then one member left his poles in the car requiring a back track. Eventually the group arrived at the stepping stones across Borrow Beck. Some members made it safely across, but after one member ended up slipping into the beck, the remaining 9 people decided not to bother. Instead they walked down the valley and returned along the ridge on the north side of the valley.
Meanwhile, the 9 members who had the made the crossing continued up the Breasthigh Road and descended to Bretherdale Head. having lost so much time through the various incidents, the decision was made to cut the walk short by walking up Bretherdale to emerge on the A6 at the Shap summit. The return to the cars was made along the old turnpike road down to Hause Foot and back to High Borrow Bridge. By a quirk of timing they arrived at the same time as the other group!

From left to right: Colin, Kevin, Roger, Mike, Ruth, Graham, Tony, David, Mick, Norman, Clare, Les, Sam, Peter, Frank, Val, and sue, with Hugh taking the photo.
The Breasthigh Road can be seen behind to the right working its way over the fell.

The tricky crossing of the stepping stones. Graham in front with wet feet: Les using his poles but not sure why he's poking them so deep: Sam thankful that he survived the slippy stone: and Kevin wondering whether to bother.

Some decided it was too risky.

A grinding stone outside one of the abandoned farms in Bretherdale
One of the abandoned farms in upper Bretherdale

History corner.

Bretherdale as it was in the mid 1800's.

The name means ‘valley of the brother’ but it is not known who the brother may have been or whether it was originally the name of a single family. Alternatively, some say it derives from Brere (i.e. Brier) dale

The lower parts of the valley are divided into walled fields while the upper slopes and surroundings fells are open moorland. In the mid 1800’s, the valley was surprisingly populous with a number of farming families with their servants living in large stone houses built along the single road. Today many of these are derelict.

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