So we started at Surrender Bridge, and made our way Southwest in a big curve heading towards Gunnerside Beck. As always, the views around us were wonderful.
Despite appearances, the air was anything but quiet. The grouse are just setting themselves up for a bit of a canoodling and nesting. Boy grouse chase away other boy grouse from the best nesting pads. And all the boys chase the girls if she's silly enough to let them see her. And if that wasn't noisy enough, it's also the time of the year to burn off the heather, causing grouse, lapwings and crows to get all het up and make a right racket.
The smoke came over our heads and kept getting into the camera shots, making them look even blurrier than
We could see Great Shunner Fell, still wearing a snowy coat
This is Potting Farm. I can't think of anything more Dales like.
From there we made our way up and down until we reached the old mine buildings at Gunnerside Gill. The area has been ravaged by the lead mining processes and all you can see are spoil heaps. But the scarred landscape has a strange beauty.
After lunch in the sun, we moved on to climb up onto the moors. There are a couple of scrambly routes up, we followed Bunton Hush.
A hush is a sort of mine area, I read up on it all here Lead Mining in the Yorkshire Dales
Once we'd got to the top, we were surprised and a little bit delighted by how much snow still remained.
Making our way between Friarfold and Melbecks Moor, the snow made patterns in the landscape.
The second set of old buildings of the walk were the Old Gang Smelting Mills. Fascinating places, they make you wonder who, what, where and how.
And the sun is still shining. Blue skies, tired legs, but happy hearts as we followed the Old Gang Beck back to our car.
A wonderful day out. 8 1/2 miles, and 1500ft of up (and down). Here's the map.
To see more pictures and read about a different walk, click here:- Swaledale Leadmines August 2012
To see and read more of the same walk, but this time including the wonderful Blakethwaite mines, waterfall and dam, click here:-Lead mine walk with the Walkers Forum