Monday, 30 January 2012

High Cup Nick – 28 January

High Cup Nick is, according to “Visit Cumbria”, a classic U-shaped valley high on the western flanks of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). A deep chasm on the Pennine fellside, this famous nick, a dramatic geological formation at the top of High Cup Gill is part of the well-known Whin Sill, and overlooks the best glaciated valley in Northern England. Here you can see the grey-blue dolerite crags which also form High Force and Cauldron Snout.

Even for an understated description this pretty low key and doesn’t come close to describing it when we saw it on Saturday afternoon at the end of a run in spectacular conditions – I’ll save myself, and you, several thousand words by posting some of the photos taken after we climbed out of the clouds.

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shap-135High Cup Nick – in case you failed to guess

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8 comments:

  1. Wow. Fantastic photos! I think you've raised the bar even higher there Ian

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  2. Stunning photos! Fantastic day to be up there.

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  3. quite stunning. how lucky to be able to be up in the hills on days like these :)

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  4. Derby Tup, Ethan, gabsatrucker, kate. - Thanks for looking in and commenting. Fairly fortunate with the conditions and the fact it was pretty slow going otherwise we would have been down before the sun started colouring the sky.

    As ever, on days like these, it was just magical to climb out of the clouds into a winter wonderland and there are no words to describe it - luckily there are some pictures.

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  5. Wow, snow! Aren't we all the lucky ones, to get to play in the outdoors and see such fantastic scenery!

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  6. The Nick is a stunning feature indeed. Must have been tremendous to experience it in those conditions. I bet you didn't see that many other people out.

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