Anyway to try and forget the stresses and strains of eeking out a living as a photographer, Moira and I headed over to Surrender Bridge to do a circular walk up onto Great Pinseat, retuning via Hard Level Gill and the Old Gang Smelting Mills.
Over the years we have done this walk on numerous occasions and in all weathers yet never seem to find it boring. As the navigation around the route is a doddle we thought we would also add a bit of interest and test out my recently repaired Satmap Active 12 (Beta version) by trying to locate 3 Geocaches that are hidden along the route. If you don't know what Geocaching is you can get more info here. www.Geocaching.com
We parked up across the valley from the Surrender Bridge Smelting Mill
|The remains of the Surrender Bridge Smelting Mill from the parking area|
Within a few minutes of setting off we soon discovered it was going to be one of those frustrating days where the weather was never the same for ten minutes at a time and after a rather windy and rainy stomp along the track past the aptly named Wetshaw Bottom we arrived dripping wet at the cairn that sits atop the moonscape of mine tips on the southern side of Great Pinseat. Fortunately this coincided with a short sunny spell, but don't let the blues sky fool you, it was still nithering.
|Cairn next to the track over the southern shoulder of Great Pinseat|
After a quick bite to eat we used the GPS to find some clues which led us to the first of the Geocaches. Later chased by yet another heavy shower we headed off down Forefield Rake to the next cache not too far from Flincher Gill.
|Geocache and the Satmap Active 12|
After a quick break for a coffee we had an easy wander down the track to Level
House Bridge and on to the twin portals of the Brandy Bottle Incline which connects with the Old Gang Level further down the valley.
|Level House Bridge|
|Twin portals of the Brandy Bottle Incline|
We soon found cache number 3 and then headed down to have a look around the remains of the Old Gang Smelting Mill
Before having a leisurely wander back to our start point at Surrender Bridge.
Text/images copyright David Forster
Another account of a walk up this valley by fellow blogger Alen can be found here http://becausetheyrethere.com/2013/10/28/the-long-surrender-brandy-bottle-incline/