Early on Tuesday morning I decided to take advantage of the dry weather and walk up a Fell (the local term for the high moors in this part of the world). I really really like the outdoors and the lack of people, cars, planes and avoiding anything in anyway 21st century.
The moors are generally rounded but vast areas of high ground dotted with bogs, meandering rivers and occasional hazards like ravines and abandoned mine shafts so it is best to be alert and sure footed as it is not unknown for people to have accidents and go missing for days or not come back at all, alive that is.
I had already seen on Google Maps that there were some structures on the moor opposite our holiday cottage. It is around 1900 feet up (600 or so metres) and about 5 miles from the nearest village. I wasn’t sure if I would make it to the top or if I would get lost.
The steepest part was the initial 1000 feet or so with the incline going up less severely afterwards but it also took longer to complete. The lower levels were full of sheep and rabbits and crossed crossed by streams which sometimes revealed the peat which in the old days could be burned as fuel. Higher up after a few startled grouse it was just me and the rough grass that is the only thing that can grow up there.
Finally just as the sun was appearing, I made it to the top! A vast plateau like area revealed itself, rather barren and bleak but beautiful and quiet.
10 minutes further further on and two small buildings announced themselves along with a tall slag heap of spoil material from the mine. I gingerly explored the area as it was very creepy with wind blowing through the window shutters, the industrial waste, mine shafts and cave ins as well as very u even and boggy soil underfoot.
I’m glad I made it to the top so easily after a local warned me it was a long and rough walk. It was also really fun to go exploring and seeing somewhere long forgotten by the world. Most of all I liked the peace and quiet and openness of being on top of the moors.
My new Zombie safe house
If you were Rick or Darryl in The Walking Dead would you go inside?This was a very creepy and lonely place with wind blowing through the window hatches like in a horror film.
The slag heap or spoil from the mine… Very dangerous to go near.
On top of the world!
Finding a track back down to the valley.