A post about nothing but the need to get out, exercise and enjoy one’s locality.We are just on the edge of the severe gales this weekend but nonetheless it’s hardly fit to be out. Previously I would have headed to the warmth of the climbing wall, but being wary of the associated big toe pain I ventured outdoors for my afternoon exercise. For some perverse reason I chose an exposed Longridge Fell circuit, mainly for the dry road walking. I only had my phone with me for pictures. The little reservoir at the top of the village resembled the mid Atlantic.
The wind blew me up the fell road in no time and I couldn’t resist a diversion to visit the trig point. The Vale of Chipping below was flooded in many areas, sunlight came and went as the clouds blew rapidly through.
Despite being back on the road progress was slow against the 30-40 mph gale coming straight at me, would not have liked to be any higher. A passing motorist even stopped to enquire whether I needed Help. A forest area next to the road has been cleared of trees since I was last up here and was almost unrecognisable, the previously hidden ‘Sweden’ quarry, a large hole, was now laid bare on the hillside. There used to be some bouldering here but the rock reverted to vegetation through lack of traffic, maybe things could change.
The golf course was deserted, with the flags straining on the greens. This must be one of the most exposed golf courses in the country, running along the fell top.
In fact I saw only one other person, he was running around the road circuit. He is well know for running in his bare feet and true to form despite the cold and wet was not wearing shoes today!!! I have hidden his identity / insanity on the photo.
Felt a touch of insanity myself as I battled against the wind and cold towards home, a welcome bath and the last of the mince pies. Probably do something similar tomorrow.
I had a couple of hours out with similar strong winds. Very invigorating. I was exploring the old Observer Corps post on Haverbrak, and then went to find Dog Hole Cave (SD 48265 80210) which has quite interesting history, but it’s closed over with metal grating, so entry not possible:
Looking it up.
There’s a similarly over-exposed golf course at the top of Cleeve Hill in Cheltenham, where the wind is often relentless. Why anyone would play a round of golf there… I’m not too sure!
I remember walking by there whilst on ?The Cotswold Way, there was a lack of golfers.
Reminded also of some crumbling ‘climbing’ crags which I went to investigate, there was a lack of climbers.