No it’s not the Arctic – It’s Cumbria!

It doesn’t sound the most romantic of places, Cow Green, but it is situated in a beautiful nature reserve called Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve.IMG_1156 It was, quite frankly, freezing, when we arrived for our walk. It was only going to be 7 miles, but as we were buffeted by the wind when we got out the car, I really wasn’t feeling too keen (and I had my thermals on). There was a fair bit of snow. IMG_1155 So we decided that we would do the walk in reverse. Confused? Well we were planning on climbing up the side of a waterfall called Cauldron’s Snout. It said in our walking book, that it was not a climb for the faint-hearted and not a good idea if the weather was wet. As a vertigo sufferer, I was slightly worried, but hey I’d give it a go. After a walk through some beautiful, but quite deep snow, we arrived at Cauldron’s Snout and proceeded to clamber along the side. It soon became apparent that the path was under a few feet of snow and although it would be possible to clamber down, it might possibly be quite a dangerous thing to do. We decided to slide down the other side of the waterfall and see if we could hop across the river on the boulders. IMG_1160 After several attempts, it became apparent that this was not going to be possible. We had to content ourselves with a walk down the Penine Way. The sun did emerge and we ended up on the top of a dam overlooking the icy reservoir. Perhaps we’ll have a go another day.


~ by envisioningutopia on April 14, 2013.

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