With the forecast suggesting rain, 50-60mph winds and >70mph gusts, we
abandoned plans to walk in the Lakes today instead visiting RSPB Leighton
Moss. After several hours at Leighton Moss, we drove to Middleton to see a
Glossy Ibis before heading for Longridge for an ascent of Longridge Fell.
I have included a few photos of the Glossy Ibis as the photos from
Longridge Fell are fairly awful
Hill: Longridge Fell
Date: Sunday 4th February 2024
Company: Just myself
Distance: 4.5km, Ascent: 75m
The car park at the start of this walk was nearly full despite gale force
winds; this fell seems to be popular with dog walkers. Given the very windy
conditions, Ann-Marie opted to wait in the car while I ascended the hill
The initial walk was fairly pleasant via a wide grassy track.
Looking towards the summit of Longridge Fell:
Beyond the nice grassy track, the track then deteriorates significantly.
Following the wall to the summit:
Fairly awful track:
With some relief I reached the summit, took a few pics then returned
immediately back towards the car.
Summit trig point:
During the walk back, I stopped to take a photograph of the bogfest that
masquerades as a track. Given the popularity of this hill, it could really
do with some path restoration.
During the drive back to the Lakes, we passed a peacock at the side of
the road. We stopped to take some photos as it's not something you see
everyday in Aberdeenshire
While Longridge Fell is my first new Marilyn of 2024, it's definitely not a
hill I will be repeating.