Finally activated the closest summit to home ( 10 miles ) and the legs are still aching. My watch informs me it was moderate exercise, and although this completely pales into insignificance relative to Swiss Challenges it was quite tough for a little English hill.
The challenge starts with arranging access - and my first attempt in March was frustrated by illness so today ( 12th July ) was a replacement date. Gaining access involves a few emails which allow them to grant an access permit. There are only two permissable routes - North crossing Maize Beck (Which may be a bit brave in March) or a longer detour or South from the County Boundary on the Brough Middleton Road. So Sunday morning set off with my daughter to do the hill.
It is not a massive walk, but is damp / wet underfoot with almost no path. On the odd occasion that there is a path it tends to disappear into a bog. ( It can’t be too wet as I still had one dry foot at the end )
There are a couple of simple bridges on the Durham side of the fence making it a bit easier.
The final picture shows the summit. I set up by the cairn and had a good activation on 80 and 40m
As my local summit I’m afraid it is unlikely to get activated as often as The Cloud…but it did have one advantage only saw 5 other walkers all day and setting the antenna up on the summit didn’t cause any problems with onlookers…
My watch did inform me it was 12.5 Km and 512m of climbing - as there is quite a lot of going up then down again. I’m not rushing to apply for another permit yet!
Q) Are there any other English summits that are equally tricky ( Combination of access, lack of a path, wet??? )
Thanks to all the chasers
PS This particular summit is a bit like a bus - no activations in nearly two years and then two in a week!