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Sedburgh and The Calf on a clear day.
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2015, 05:04:20 PM »
Manchester Coach Rambles trip to Sedburgh  26th April 2015.

Sedburgh and The Calf on a clear day.

Sedburgh and its surrounding hills, the Howgill Fells, lie between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales yet even though the area itself is part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park the Howgills have a totally unique character which is very different from the Dales due to the different rock type, a topography unshared by any other landscape in Britain. Access to the high ground is by long cruel ascents worthy of the most mountainous areas of Britain but the reward for the climb is not spectacular crags and outcrops but a wonderful transition to much more forgiving rolling summits of ancient Silurian rocks which are all the more remarkable for their contrast with the jagged peaks of the Lakeland mountains to the west or the shale and gritstone beds sitting protecting the higher peaks of the limestones of the Dales.

The hills above Sedburgh offer sanctuary and peace even on the busiest days when the roads into the Dales and Lakes heave, only the knowledgeable few head for the Howgills. The verdant valley of the River Rawthey gave a tantalising taste of spring to the easier grade walks but our group from Manchester Coach Rambles headed  straight up the side of the hill to the most prominent of the fells: The Calf. The joys of spring warmth in the valley were forgotten as we ascended, some faster than others, but the northerly winds were reminding us that there may have been recent snow in Scotland and a sheep fold offered welcome shelter for lunch but the cold winds brought a gift of a phenomenally clear day on which we to see the Southern Uplands of Scotland, a perfect easterly view of the Lake District, a distant view of Arnside Knot, the railway bridge across the sands of Morecambe Bay, Heysham B, Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough.

Sedburgh  at the end of the day offered willow warblers, coffee in cafes shared by walkers and the senior pupils from the exclusive Sedburgh School and we listened to polite conversation from pupils talking of red brick universities, becoming doctors, politicians or captains of industry: all part of the rich variety of experience offered by Manchester Coach Rambles Group.

Why not join us for a day’s walking around Kirkby Stephen on Sunday 10th May? Go to our website www.manchestercoachrambles.co.uk  for more details. Our next Public Transport local walk is New Hey Circular on 17th May. Meet New Hey Metro stop 1015.

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