Saturday 28 February 2015. I met with Jacqui today for a 6.9 mile walk from Settle with a total ascent of just over 1,500ft. As with most walks from Settle, this started with a steep climb out of the town centre. Thankfully, I was fortified with a coffee and bacon sandwich in the Naked man cafe before we started out.
The going underfoot was muddy for most of this walk and greasy too. It was only a matter of time before one of us took a fall. We managed to stay upright until half a mile from the end when I slipped on a muddy grassy slope, bringing me down to one knee and supporting myself by my hands to avoid a full-length sprawl.
Back to the walk, having gained height, we soon lost most of this as we descended to the village of Langcliffe and then climbed back again up to the top of Stainforth Scar. The roller-coaster continued as we descended to the top of Catgill Force and then down again to the bottom of the chasm the has been created by the water flowing down Stainforth Beck. Although we had to climb again to regain the lost height, it was a well worthwhile diversion.
A short section of road walking followed before we climbed again up to Victoria Cave, although this only added 100ft or so of ascent, the path both up and down was extremely slippery with a combination of polished limestone rocks and more mud.
The final section of the walk took us around the foot of Attamire Scar before climbing up and then down again on the way back to Settle. It was on this last leg that I almost came a cropper but survived to tell the tale.