When I started venturing out with the camera, then spending the odd night out, I set myself a challenge of walking the full length on Wensleydale at height, all the peaks & high fells on both sides of the Dale. To drive at low level what people call the Wensleydale Loop it is 60 miles by road, so to calculate the miles done with the ascending & descending all the high peaks & fells I wouldnt like to estimate a guess at what the miles would be.
Not to be deterred I promised myself I would finish it, but I have to say I blasted it out the park as not only did I complete the original challenge I set myself but also added Cotterdale, Grisedale, Garsdale & the Upper Eden Valley peaks & fells to the challenge as they were on the way of my travels.
Sunday saw me climb the last 2 hills to complete my challenge that I set myself.
Looking up at Rise Hill and slightly out of shot Aye Gill Pike were the final 2 hills to complete.
Walking up the ridge of Rise hill saw me looking down into Dentdale on one side & Garsdale on the other, with views of the Carlisle to Settle railway as it carves it way through the Yorkshire Dales.
Looking back on the Arten & Dent head railway viaducts.
A closer look of the Arten viaduct & the workmanship that went into building them all those years ago.
Skirting the edge of the forest I seen a couple of rubber fire beaters which as a kid I used to see them all the time but nowadays they are as rare as rocking horse shit, this is the first Ive seen in many years.
With longer views across onto the Howgills.
The final summit & challenge completed.
It was now time to find somewhere to spend the night, have some food & a few drams whilst letting the world go by at a slower pace for the night.
My window onto the world for the next 12 hours or so.
and my home for the night with the nearest neighbours a few miles away far below me.
a nice spot to finish off a challenge & think of whats happening next.........I wonder!