Carlin Gill 3-4 June 2017

We started from home around 8 pm and got to the Howgill Fells around 10 pm; it was not dark yet. We left the car by the Carlin Gill bridge, and crossed a hill to go down into the Carlin Gill valley where we pitched our tent. The morning was great: warm and sunny. The only technical part of our trip was in the morning: we scrambled up Black Force.

The blue and red lines show our tracks in the first and second day, respectively.

The easy scrambling got harder as we went up. We turned the wrong way at the top, and instead of exiting on the rocks on the left, we climbed up a very steep grassy slope on the right.

Looking back at the ravine. On our way back to the car, we crossed the scree on the opposite side of the valley. One can just about see a horizontal line near the top of the scree, this is the path we followed.

The end of the scramble, we finally got out of the ravine.

The rich flora of the ravine.

In the Spring sunlight, the hills are bright green. This Howgill Fells are very close to M6 which is seen behind the red viaduct.

The sun occasionally broke through the clouds.

The clouds formed lines in the sky.

After visiting the Cautley Spout waterfall, we turned back.

The Calf. Sonya resembles the Angel of the North statue near Newcastle.

A little tarn on the plateau.

The windy way back.

The visibility was very good. We could see North Pennine hills where we usually go skiing.

Gooing back to the Carlin Gill. The Black Force ravine is on the opposite side. We scrambled up the gill, and when it turned left, exited on the steep slopes on the right.

We did not meet any people but saw a few canyoning near Cautley Spout or cycling on the hills. This is a very remote place. The hills are beautiful in the Spring, particularly when the sun comes out. We did about 18 km this day, with >1200 m climb - not bad for a weekend trip. When we got home, we felt as though we spent ages in the hills, even though it was just one day.

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