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Slaggyford, Knar, Black Hill, Cold Fell, Tindale Fell, Tindale, Cumbria / Northumberland.
[16.5 km]  Tue 02 May 2017

OS Grid ref: NY 61736 59315
Lat/Long: 54.927039, -02.598600

I returned to Tyndale for some further exploration of the fells to the south. This time I wanted to start from Slaggyford so needed to catch the bus to get there. I caught the 680, 9 a.m. bus from the road end at Tindale which eventually goes to Nenthead. The bus arrived on time and I was the only one on. The fare was 3.70 and I had the correct change. I handed it to the driver and jokingly said keep the change.  It was a very pleasant ride and nobody else got on before Slaggyford. On the final approach the driver said 3.70 no change.

Empty 680 bus

680 bus

New rails from Alston

Slaggyford then

Slaggyford now
He didn't understand that I made a joke. In Slaggyford I walked up the track to the west to the site of the old railway station.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the rebuilding of the Railway from Alston had now reached this location. The station platform was being rebuilt and a brand new level crossing building had been constructed. Further up the lane on the left was a large new car parking area.
Slaggyford new car park
I continued along the lane and descended to the river and over the stone bridge at Knar. I walked through the farmyard and turn right to follow a stoned track steeply up the fellside. Near the summit of Black Hill I left the track to visit the trig post. I returned to the track and continued to a relatively new wooden shooting hut. On the way was a four wheel drive vehicle was there and a ranger doing some inspections.
Bridge at Knar

Black Hill trig post

Shooting Hut
When I reach the shooting hut I found it locked but decided to stop for a while and eat my sandwiches. The ranger drove up to check what I was doing. When I explained he seemed happy. It was here that I left the track to continue west across open fell side. The first part was along a vehicle track where plastic netting has been placed for access. The summit ridge was a fence line which I followed for a mile or so and it is also the boundary between Northumberland and Cumbria.
I don't know where Hazely Craggs are
The old map showed a pile of stones and benchmark part way along. I found the stones but there was no sign of the benchmark. It was fairly difficult going across the tussocky surface but eventually I reached Cold Fell summit and it's trig post. Adjacent to the trig podrt is a large pile of stones which are of ancient origin. For a while I continued on a track but had to leave it to cross open ground to the north to Tindale fell and it's summit cairn.
Approach to Cold Fell
I continued down to a couple of curricks (tall cairns) on Tindale fell and then turn right to follow the contour to an old stone sheepfold.
Curricks on Tindale Fell
The map called the area millstones and it must have been used for quarrying or mining in the past as there was an old tramway route heading straight down the fell side. It eventually reached the track running through the old spelter works at Tyndale which was originally used for the smelting of zinc.
Old track way cut through the hill

Near the Zinc works

Site of the Zinc works