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Wanthwaite Bridge, High Rigg, Sosgill Bridge, Bridge House, Cumbria.
[9.6 km] Tue 16 Jan 2024

Lat/Long: 54.598176, -03.065447
OS Grid ref: NY 31263 23077
 
There was snow when I left home but north of Lancaster the M6 it was clear, though -2degC. At Penrith it started again and continued as I reached Wanthwaite Bridge. because of the weather there was no point in going too high and High Rigg was just right. All the surrounding high tops were obscured in cloud as I set off up the lane to Yew Tree Farm. There was no sign of farming going on but the house was occupied with smoke from the chimney and vehicles outside.

Heading up to Yew Tree Farm.
 
 

St John's in the Vale.

Graveyard.
There were no vehicle tracks but as I reached the first gate a quad bike turned up so I let him through. At the Chapel I stopped to take a quick couple of photos then up the snowy hillside to visit the David Gerald Pennycook memorial stone.The inscription was faded but from a previous visit it reads In memory of David Gerald Pennycook who loved these fells Died 13 June 1964 aged 10 years. As I climbed higher the quad bike returned from the fell presumably after leaving the bale of feed for the sheep.
David Gerald Pennycook
memorial stone`

Gloomy weather.

High Rigg cairn.
I reached the High Rigg carn but there was little to see. The main problem with the weather was the snow lay on top of hard ground and boulders so difficult to decide where to put my boots. I tended to follow the bracken at the side of the recognised path. My plan was to descend and follow the rough path south along the west side of the fell. As I carefully descended the north end of the fell I changed my plan and decided to follow the path across the fields in the valley bottom. That way Id avoid the snow covered boulders. I reached Low Bridge End farm and saw the sign saying self service cafe. The extension cafe is open during the summer months but a man there said there is a kettle for self service if no one is around. Thats handy to know.

Winter in the woods.

Low Bridge End Farm.
 
 

Sosgill Bridge.
I went through the farm buildings to reach the path that follows the valley bottom. It was still snowing and the wind was getting stronger. Bridge House was deserted and then I had only a short walk along the snowy track back to my car. I didn't see any walkers the whole way.

Bridge Farm.
   
 
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