Saturday, 12 January 2019

Brownber Head (601m)

Brownber Head & Kaber Fell (601m)

My final 'Yorkshire Dales 600s' walk, after 9 years of slowly ticking them off! I was joined by three other people, who came to enjoy the wild beauty of Kaber Fell. 

We started this 7 mile route from a lay-by near High Greygrits on the Brough to Tan Hill road, from where we followed the moorland road and then the shooters' track of Kettlepot Road to reach the shooter's lunch hut in Kettlepot Gill. It was then 'off piste' walking across moorland, bog and peat hags to reach Brownber Tarn and then on up onto the long and broad summit ridge of Brownber Head, with the stone cairns of Nine Standards clearly visible ahead. Our return route took us down alongside Bleaberry Beck, with many lovely waterfalls, into the head of the River Belah, before rising up back to the parking lay-by. We then headed to the nearby Tan Hill Inn for a celebratory drink (highest pub in Britain).

Climbed: 11/01/19
Brownber Head: NY 856 068
OS Map: OL19
Time Taken: 5.5 hours
Weather: Misty to begin with, then the mist lifted with good visibility. Cold wind.
Route: Lay-by along moorland road between Brough and Tan Hill (467m spot height along Long Band), High Greygrits, Kettlepot Road, Kettlepot Gill, Back Gutter, Brownber Tarn, head of Horseman Gill, Brownber Head (600m ring contour), northwards down alongside Brownberhead Beck then Bleaberry Beck to Lingrigg Bottom and Woofer Gill (head of the River Belah), then back up Potter Side to the road. 

Photos (c) Mark Reid 2019 

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