Posts Tagged ‘waterfalls’

Snowless in Elphin

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

For the 2018/9 New Year meet we returned to the excellent little hut in Elphin, up in the far northwest of Scotland. One of these days we'll get there to coincide with some good winter's weather, but not this time, mild weather through December led to largely snow-free conditions.

Of course, that didn't stop us 9 of us making the long journey north, and it's a fantastic place to be in (almost) any conditions.

Ben Hope

We arrived on Boxing Day, and the following day the best conditions were due to be further east, so Carmen and I headed north and east for an ascent of Meall Horn, a Corbett near Arkle. An overcast day nevertheless stayed dry and the cloud mostly above the summits, with some great views to the sunny peaks around Ben Hope. Meanwhile, Annie and Peter diced with death on Cul Beag but lived to tell the tale.

Meall Doire Faid

The next day we headed south, again chasing the weather, and again got lucky with a sunny ascent of Beinn Enaiglair, another Corbett near Braemore Junction. A long approach spiralled round to the far side of the hill before climbing old stalkers' paths to the top, descending the other side and back up from the col to bag a Graham summit, Meall Doire Faid.

Annie and Peter set off to walk up Quinag, but after half an hour sat in the car park watching the rain, they settled for a walk to Eas a Chual Aluinn, the highest waterfall in the country.

On 29th the rest of the group arrived, so of course the weather took a turn for the worse.

Mike, Pete W and Rob repeated their now traditional late start on a long walk near shortest day with an ascent of the Assynt Munros, including some consternation about the descent from the ridge (minor epic narrowly averted) getting back just a tad after dark.

Carmen and I headed south again, to pick up an insignificant Munro Top near Meall nan Ceapraichean – the only Munro summit in the Beinn Dearg group that we didn't go up on the 2011 LAMM – we'd traversed 20m below the summit! Today we weren't so lucky with the weather, which stayed resolutely damp and dismal with low cloud, so having ticked the summit we headed back, detouring slightly to visit one of the impressive waterfalls in the glen (an advantage of the poor weather!).

Peri and Karl found the best weather on Ben More Coigach, a fine mountain overlooking the sea north of Ullapool.

Falls of Kirkaig

The next day was once again damp and windy, with cloud levels even lower, so we had a team walk to the Falls of Kirkaig, impressively full of water after all the rain.

New Year's Eve was a repeat, only windier, so various groups did various low level bimbles – some to the Clachtoll Broch, others to the crags at Reiff, others to the coast near Lochinver.

Then it was the traditional NYE haggis over-eating, over-drinking, and struggling to stay awake until midnight, followed the next day by fine weather, snow on the hills, and a long drive home.

Some more photos here

Dales walking 16th November

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Went out for a good walk in the Dales with Peter E, the first of what I hope will be some more regular walks now the winter weather isn't as condusive to climbing.

Catrigg Force

Catrigg Force

Starting at Settle, we headed uphill and east to the Limestone amphitheatre of Attermire scar, then turned North and walked with great views across towards Ingleborough and the 3 peaks to the hidden waterfall of catrigg force. Apparently this was the composer Elgar's favourite spot.


Stainforth Foss

From catrigg force we headed down to Stainforth, where we ate lunch watching the salmon trying to leap the waterfalls as they moved up the river Ribble to spawn. Not a single one made it as far as we could tell in the 45mins we were there.

From Stainforth we headed through more classic Dales scenery to finish the walk along Giggleswick Scar with views across to the Forest of Bowland, before finishing in 'Ye Old Naked Man' cafe in Settle marketplace for a well earned tea and cake!

Wet Weekend

Monday, June 18th, 2012

This weekend we headed for Holwick, in Teesdale, supposedly for a camping trip. But the weather was so bad that Alan kindly took pity on the few who made the trip, and we ended up sleeping in spare rooms and on various bits of floor in his house opposite. Thanks Alan!

Friday night beer and Saturday morning rain made for late starts all round. Debra still being out of action headed with Simon to knock down various bits of their new project in the Dales. Peter and Donal competed with each other to see who could do most damage to their bikes – it was a draw and both were soon back in Holwick for a walk to High Force. Alan did a short run nearby.

Carmen and I meanwhile went for a slightly longer run to take advantage of the weather to see som3e of the local waterfalls at their best. Gibson's Cave was followed by Low Force and then High Force, before we headed up river to Cauldron Snout. The plan from here was to cross the river and take a more direct line back, but the river had other ideas and was too dangerous to cross.

So we retraced our steps before picking up a track which should have taken us direct to Holwick Scar, but after two knee-deep wades across side "streams" we had to detour a mile u[p the next to find somewhere to cross (I waded crotch-deep, Carmen went another quarter mile and found a bridge!).

On Sunday, Peter and Donal were joined by Annie and went off to push their bikes along some old railway lines, while the rest of us opted for varying degrees of inactivity.

More photos here
and a few videos of waterfalls here

Wildboarclough scramble

Monday, November 17th, 2008

crofty checks out the way aheadIt's sunday, it's 7am and I have a hangover. What could be better than a scramble in the Dark Peak? Snuggling back under the duvet and nursing my head quite possibly, but as I'd already arranged to go I bolted breakfast, hastily packed a sac, and headed over to meet Guido and Crofty.  Two hours later we met Alan and Kate, a couple of New Zealanders based in Leeds, and headed up the path  towards Bleaklow.

the first waterfallWildboarclough is a grade 2 ravine and waterfall scramble starting  just above the  Longdendale reservoirs and winding its way up the hillside by a combination of streambed walking interrupted by short vertical sections up  waterfalls. Its a beautiful location with stunning views back down into the valley, and not too technically hard – this was kates first scramble ever but she managed fine.

kates first scrambleThe biggest hazard was the VERY slippery rock – not surprising for a waterfall in november – but the holds up the vertical pitches were reassuringly positive. We reached the top exhilarated, in brilliant sunshine and almost cloudless skies. Thoughtfully, erosion has provided a nice flat boulder right at the top ideal for a quick coffee and pie stop while admiring the gorgeous view.

that was funLunchtime over, we continued onto the walking part of the day – an 11 mile route over the top of the moors to Shining Tor. Along the way we startled five mountain hares just coming into their winter white coats. This may have been a good colour scheme before the days of global warming, but it makes them stand out a mile against the heather now. One young  hare just crouched rather than running so we got a really good look at it, although we werent cruel enough to scare it by going close.

Guido did a good job of picking his way between the peat hags which at one point resembled a maze, even so I still ended up with one foot in black sucky mud up to mid calf (you could have pretended to be sympathetic, guys).  We descended underneath Shining Tor, taking plenty of time out to admire the soaring cracks – it looks like a really nice crag for summer but is green as a very green thing in November.  Walk over, back to the cars and a pint in Tintwhistle. An excellent day!