A view from Firth Fell

The broad ridge which runs from Birks Fell, along Firth Fell and down Old Cote Moor Top provides grandstand views of The Dales and its higher summits - Buckden Pike and Great Whernside to the east, Fountains Fell, to the west and north, Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough, Whernside and Baugh Fell beyond - their steep flanks and broad summits all offering familiar trails and all at their best to my mind beneath the first real snows of winter.
Fountains Fell and the unmistakable saddle back ridge of Pen-y-Ghent...
...from the high point of Firth Fell (607m) with more snow clearly on the way.
Looking back on Pen-y-Ghent with Whernside beyond, before running the length of Old Cote Moor Top, dropping eventually to Knipe Scar and from there turning back sharply towards Kettlewell - a remarkable place from which one could run, walk or ride on a different trail every day for well over a week.

Comments

Ian Johnston said…
Is it just me Will, or do the Pennine and Yorkshire fells actually suit this type of light snow cover better than a full-on white blanket? It just seems "right" for these hills....

Kind Regards
Will Herman said…
Hi Ian - I think the last blanket cover was 2011 which I rather liked, though skis rather than fell shoes were the order of the day. I know what you mean though - just enough draws out the detail in apparently uniform slopes and adds much to the character of these lower hills which lack the drama of the Lakeland crags or higher summits further north. All good - just different.
Cheers
Will