Saturday 8 March. I was joined by Jacqui for the final walk of the holiday. Starting from the centre of Settle we passed “The Folly” on our way towards Upper Settle and then Brockhole Lane. The Folly is Grade 1 listed and was built in 1679 by Richard Preston, a wealthy lawyer. It is now home to the Museum of North Craven Life.
When we finally escaped the town, we followed a walled lane and then field paths to arrive at Cleatop Park, an area of woodland. It was around here that navigation became something of a challenge, even with my GPS, and I lead us astray as we approached Mearbeck. We only went a couple of hundred yards out of our way before I realised that we were heading in the wrong direction and the mistake was soon rectified.
Our path then took us back through Cleatop Park where we stopped for coffee. From here we headed for Lodge Farm and more walled lanes which took us to Sugar Loaf Hill. This vantage point gave great views of Attamire Scar. My plan was to walk around the back of the Scar but this would have added an extra 2¼ miles to what was already becoming a lengthy walk. We decided to cut it short at this point and made our way back to Settle via a more direct route.
The walk turned out to be 7.6 miles but I was surprised to discover that we had climbed a total of 1,600ft. It didn’t feel like it at the time but I’m sure that we’ll both feel the effects in the morning. We started with cloudy skies but this had cleared by the time that we finished on what had become a nice spring day.