Uldale Force

Uldale Force

Uldale Force

Uldale Force

It doesn't look that forceful in the dry weather we have been having but in full flow I bet it's worth seeing.


This was the very last photograph I took with this camera. Shortly after this photo was taken I was making my way back down the river bed. It was mostly dried up but I had to negotiate a narrow stretch and descend some rocks where the walls were narrow. I put my foot on a wet mossy rock and before I knew what had happened I was in the water up to my neck! The water was cold, I had my rucksack and full walking gear on and the camera in it's bag round my neck. I tried to get out but the sides were slippy. I didn't panic but I thought to myself, "this is how people get into difficulties, get cramp etc",my knee felt a ledge below the surface, I managed to clamber out, cutting my knee in the process and had a bruised elbow where I had tried to stop myself from falling. I walked down river and found some grass. I didn't have a single thing to dry myself off with, but as I looked in my rucksack, my waterproof trousers were dry. I emptied my soggy boots of water and changed my pants. By the time I had walked back to the car (about 2 miles)my coat was almost dry, as it was a very windy day. I drove home.

I have learnt two things since that day:- always carry spare clothes when walking or at the very least, a towel, and secondly, make sure your camera is insured - mine wasn't! I had to buy a new mobile phone too.

Photo taken with a Pentax *ist DL

Taken - 25/05/08.
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Location:
Uldale, near Rawthey Bridge, Sedbergh area.
Photographer:
Stephen Dutch