Blue skies and long views above Buckden

Though I have run this route more recently, it was almost exactly one year ago I last completed the loop over Bucken Pike on the bike. The climb from Buckden has changed beyond recognition in recent years and more slabs are waiting to be set...
 ...presumably in much the same fashion as upon the summit. These stone highways across the fells are becoming increasingly common - I was surprised to find the same while running along the summit ridge of Pen-y-ghent recently - and while I can see the need in places, they seem incongruous and entirely unnecessary and unsuitable in others. Certainly the width of the path on Pen-y-ghent seems excessive and has entirely changed the nature of the route. Still, it makes the going a good deal easier and drier on the way up Buckden Pike...
...and my descent to Starbotton followed the more agreeable trail that drops through the delightfully named Knuckle Bone Pasture - a fast run that remains boggy in places, rocky in others and interesting throughout with long views along and beyond the Wharfe valley. Indeed the air was exceptionally clear on this day - from the summit ridge I had clearly seen the Lakeland fells, the unmistakable skyline of Scafell and Gable easily identifiable.

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