Nine Standards Rigg

18 02 2023

Wed 31 Aug 22

My friend and fellow blogger Simon were due to meet up to walk and neither of us were feeling particularly fit (unusual for August).  I’d been looking at a short route near Kirkby Stephen – Nine Standards Rigg  I asked Simon if he fancied it and he said it was on his to-do list so it was settled – that’s the peak we’d do!

I’m quite lazy nowadays about carrying my big, heavy Zenith film SLR camera, partly because I’m normally walking in the Lakes and have photographed everything there is to photograph.  It wasn’t a great day weatherwise but Nine Standards is definitely a peak to take your camera on.  I’ve scanned some of these photos in black and white as I thought the subject suited it.

All photos:
my Zenith manual film SLR

We normally take one car and it was my turn to drive but Simon said he needed to call at Carlisle on the way home to pick up a parcel so we took both.  It took longer than we expected driving along the busy A66 – I resolved to go back the other way via Tebay and the M6 which ended up being a much better route – I think Simon did the same.

We were delighted to find that there is a large, free carpark in Kirkby Stephen and parked our cars up while I went to search for a bakery.  After a quick late breakfast of something savoury (can’t remember what) and a chocolate eclair, I was ready to set off.

We went back and got my car and drove out to the nearby village of Hartley.  I drove up the road above Hartley for the mile or so of road uphill to the start of the moorland to see whether we could park up near the gate.  When we got there we weren’t sure whether we should so I drove us back down to the village and parked just above it.

It is a steep ascent up the road but pleasant scenery with lots of tempting looking hills.  On re-reaching the gate to the moorland, we went to read the notice board.  Apparently there are three routes depending on the season – our summer route was straight up the rough vehicle track.  This was dry, good going and pleasant enough and soon the famous Nine Standards appeared on the horizon!

There was a small cairn on the hillock nearby but probably a different builder than the famous ones above.  In fact, on the approach there were quite a few single cairns, one of which I rebuilt to a better standard before continuing!

We were soon near the ridge-top and the cairns…

The Nine Standards – builder/s unknown

On arrival at the cairns, much enthusing and clicking of cameras ensued!  Each cairn is built in a completely different shape – they’re on average around nine or ten feet tall and all are very impressive.

Simon photographing at the opposite end…

one of our favourite cairns

the little cone cairn in the middle of these three was my joint favourite

my other joint favourite is the straight tower one here

the straight tower again with a strange hollow to the right of it

We availed ourselves of one of the ‘ledged’ cairns to sit comfortably out of the cold wind for a snack and a hot drink while we debated whether the actual summit of the fell was a short distance further away as there looked to be a summit cairn and it looked uphill.  We decided to go and find out – whether it was or not (and I think it was), a short walk past it yielded a nice view back to the Nine Standards…

I continued on for a short distance along the ridge as I could see some interesting stones piled up ahead.  When I got there it was some sort of collapsed building of several rooms – very unusual on a moor top!  Not sure what it had been…

Staying in black and white for a minute as I particularly liked this shot of the distant Wild Boar Fell given that treatment…

Wild Boar Fell over Mallerstang Edge

I won’t go back the same way on a walk no matter what so said we’d take the route I’d originally looked at on the map – I think this is the Spring route.  It was wet but more scenic and I enjoyed it.  There was an interesting gill…

I think, from the map, this is Rigg Beck

and I think this is Faraday Gill

looking across Tailbridge Hill

Soon we briefly rejoined our outward route – with slightly wetter feet but then that’s Northern English summer walking for ya!  Nice view back over the wall…

Nearly back – Lower Faraday Gill

Soon we were back at the moorland gate and the pleasant (and much easier) walk back down the steep road.  There were people parked up by now so I’m pretty sure we could have parked up near the road-end but never mind…

A great day out to an interesting location!

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25 responses

4 05 2023
underswansea

PS; I really liked the Nearly back โ€“ Lower Faraday Gill photo. There is a lot going on there.

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5 05 2023
mountaincoward

There’s a house on the far hillock in the photo – right by the wall – if you want to live there ๐Ÿ˜‰ (just above centre shot).

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11 05 2023
underswansea

I noticed that house! I assumed it was abandoned with the inside adorned with graffiti and smelling like booze and piss. That’s how abandoned places in Canada are like.

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12 05 2023
mountaincoward

it won’t be graffitied. I’m not sure it’s completely abandoned. Could be someone’s holiday cottage. It wasn’t derelict anyway.

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4 05 2023
underswansea

Wonderful post! I would have liked to have been along for that hike and seen the rock walls and meticulus cairns. Wonderful photos. Do you ever shoot bw film with your Zenith or would it be impossible to get it processed? I somehow missed this post when you first published it. I am glad I saw it. Take care.

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5 05 2023
mountaincoward

I very occasionally do – especially if I know I’m heading to this type of area, or a slate or lead mining area with old buildings as I think they really suit black and white photography. I can get it processed still.

The guy who sends my photos for processing and prints them when the negatives come back says film is starting to undergo a resurgence – I hope he’s right!

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11 05 2023
underswansea

Film is going through a resurgence and for good reason, digital cameras, no matter how they try, can not duplicate the look of film. I have many film cameras and an entire darkroom stored under my stairs that I keep telling myself I will resurrect, but I haven’t so far.

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12 05 2023
mountaincoward

I find that digi-cameras (well, the type we use are only point-and-shoot compacts) seem to make everything bluer than it really is. Bluer sky, bluer water. Everyone says Richard’s digi-photos look better than mine on a dull day but that’s because my film camera is putting it out exactly like it appeared on the day whereas his seems to want to tart it up a bit! I prefer my camera’s approach! My blog wants to tell and show it like it is – and so does my camera! ๐Ÿ™‚

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23 04 2023
Alli Templeton

You’re right, Carol, I’ve really enjoyed this one. The landscape looks almost Northumbrian, and you’ve captured it beautifully as always. Glad you took the Zenith to make the most of the beautiful scenery and those amazing cairns. Nine Standards looks a real wow factor – no wonder you were both so enthused! I’m intrigued by their unknown origins and the fact that they’re all different, but the construction is indeed hugely impressive. The black and white photos work beautifully, showing lots of detail and effectively reflecting the mood of the place. I’d love to go there, the atmosphere must be wonderful. All this and a chocolate eclair too – what a fab day out! ๐Ÿ˜€

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23 04 2023
mountaincoward

you can’t beat a chocolate eclair for breakfast! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think the black and white photos of the cairns are more detailed somehow so I’m glad I put those in instead of their colour versions.

It’s a really great short and easy walk from Hartley village just above Kirkby Stephen – I aim to take Richard up there soon. I’m also hoping to do a lot more in that area – Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang Edge for starters.

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23 04 2023
Alli Templeton

It looks like a walk I’d happily tackle. Looking forward to reading all about your upcoming adventures in the area and seeing your lovely photos.

I did an ‘O’ Level in photography, and I remember my teacher and various texts stating that you do get more detail with black and white photography. You’ve certainly done the place justice. ๐Ÿ™‚

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24 04 2023
mountaincoward

I wonder why black and white does give more detail? Did they tell you why?

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25 04 2023
Alli Templeton

We’re going back a while here, ( :-0 ) but I seem to remember it was something to do with B&W film, it’s finer grained with better tones. But it’s also to do with the viewer, as without the distraction of colour the eye naturally focusses more on the detail, the textures, shapes, patterns and compositions, so the viewer sees more detail. Does that help at all? ๐Ÿ™‚

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26 04 2023
mountaincoward

the second half of that is very interesting. Of course, my black and white shots were actually colour film but I scanned both in black and white and colour and then picked which I liked best. I did notice while I was doing it the black and white looked much sharper for the cairns’ stonework.

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20 03 2023
surfnslide

Iโ€™ve done a bit of reading in the past and no-one seems quite sure what the Nine Standard Riggs are or who built them. Nice summit and interesting, they look not unlike Andy Goldsworthy sculptures. Like the b/w images as well, they really make them stand out

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20 03 2023
mountaincoward

Yeah I thought they stood out somehow better in black and white! It’s a very nice and easy walk anyway – just a couple of hours.

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5 03 2023
Paul Shorrock

Yet another spot I haven’t been to, despite previously living in Cumbria for 25 years – oh well, better add it to the ‘to do’ list!

I’m not usually a fan of black and white photos, but I think you’re right, they do add something, especially to the cairns images. Nice one.

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5 03 2023
mountaincoward

Well you could have just nipped across the valley after your Wild Boar Fell walk and added this! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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6 03 2023
Paul Shorrock

Yeah….. So much to do, so little time to do it. ๐Ÿ™„

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5 03 2023
chrissiedixie

Lovely. The last time I was up there (some years ago), there was a big thunderstorm, so we were making haste to get down off the summit, no hanging about!

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5 03 2023
mountaincoward

I’ve been chased off a few hills by thunderstorms – very annoying!

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4 03 2023
bob

Nice looking cairns. Also good to see you’ve got a walking pal as I tend to do almost all my walks alone now, a situation that will hopefully change when I get another second hand car and can get around more. I don’t mind my own company but now and again it’s nice to have the option of friends to go out with.

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5 03 2023
mountaincoward

I only have him some of the time as he’s away at sea a lot!

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4 03 2023
Bitchy After 60

That definitely is an interesting location. Looks like you gad a great day there. Loved the standards.

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5 03 2023
mountaincoward

The Standards are really great. I think I’m going to take my friend Richard on the same walk to see them as he’d like them too.

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