Howgill Fells & Westmorland Walks
Crosby Garrett Fell & the Potts Valley
Date: 13th November 2009
Distance: 7.15 miles
Ascent: 1137 feet
Time: 3 hours 15 mins
Start Grid Ref: NY728094
A nice walk in Westmorland's limestone country visiting the Potts valley before climbing up on to the top of Crosby Garrett Fell.
Route Summary: Crosby Garrett - Ladle Lane - Potts Valley - Ewefell Mire - Great Ewe Fell - Crosby Garrett Fell - Greystones - Crosby Garrett
Photos: Click on the photos below to enlarge.
Walk Detail: This was my first excursion on to the limestone plateau of Westmorland. The walk itself was fairly easy though we were a bit unfortunate with the weather.
It started off promisingly but once we entered the Potts Valley we were subject to some quite heavy showers but despite this and the withdrawal of the sun I still enjoyed it, mainly because it is so rare that Lisa and I get to spend time on our own walking.
The Potts Valley was lovely and I would probably like to return there again at some point. While it was not the best conditions for photos visibility was still good and we had wide ranging views with the Howgills and Mallerstang ranges being particularly well seen.
The trig on Nettle Hill, the highest point on Crosby Garrett Fell, was one of the crustiest I think I have ever seen. We sat about 20 yards away from the trig, just out of the wind, to eat our soup before a nice and gentle descent back into Crosby Garrett.
This was not the most exciting walk in the world but I still enjoyed it and would certainly like to explore some more of the area.