Family trek to Simpson reservoir

Family trek to Simpson reservoir

The bridleway follows an old pack horse route that cuts up the side of the fell and then past through a gate at the top where the path joins the forestry track. They’ve been felling trees all around Harry Walkers Ground and it’s the first time I’ve been here since the trees have been felled. Once we’re on the track I hand the halter over to Richards daughter and its within 5 minutes Mathew wants to lead her as well.

Mountain Leader training expedition

Mountain Leader training expedition

As we get about half way along the lake shore the paths peter out and there are more than a few craggs to scramble over. The light is fading fast so I re-evaluate my timescale. As I work out a new route around some craggs with a couple of the guys it’s also brought to my attention that one of us has a broken head torch. This is an issue if we have to negotiate craggs in the dark. Then as we discuss it, it turns out that we have two dodgy head torches.

Howgill Fells ~ The adventures begin

Howgill Fells ~ The adventures begin

After 10 minutes we leave the farm track at a walled bridleway. Once we’re past the fell gate we stop to rest the ponies and get some lunch of cheese and baguettes. White Fell Head and The Calf look impressive and we have to decide whether to go up today or camp at the foot and take it fresh in the morning.