As I was passing on the A59 a quick activation of Cracoe Fell was possible - and this activation would be enough with the winter bonus points to make me a "double mountain goat" with 2000 points.
I started activating for Summits On The Air in June 2005 when I was on holiday in Scotland. I'd taken up country walking then as a hobby and as a means of keeping fit, so SOTA fitted in very well with that interest and I started fellwalking. I activated 11 summits in 2005, and a similar number each year up to 2008. In 2009 I discovered the Lake District and became a lot more active. As a result it took me almost eight years to achieve the coveted 1000 points SOTA Mountain Goat (MG) Award when I was walking in Southern Ireland in January 2013. From that point on most of my holidays in Europe have contained an element of SOTA and I have travelled extensively. Three years on from my first MG I achieved a second one.
Cracoe Fell G/NP-032
|Today's "Up and Back" route to the obelisk on Cracoe Fell|
|The Bolton Abbey Estate (who own the moor) encourage walkers to enjoy it but not with their dogs|
|Cracoe Fell G/NP-032 from Fell Lane|
|Selfie on the summit|
It took 35 minutes to return to the car at the farm shop and pay for my parking with the purchase of 5 Dales Pork Sausage for the princely sum of £1.95 - 3 for me and 2 for my XYL. We ate them that night - the butchers there is recommended but disappointingly, the cafe is closed in the winter, as where those in Grassington and Pateley Bridge on my way back to Pickering as it was teatime. It was bang on 4.00pm when I reached Grassington and all 3 cafes were closed.
Why is it that cafe's close when its teatime?