Monthly Archives: July 2017


Sunday 30 July 2017. 10 of us met in Warmington for today’s 8.4 mile walk with just 430ft of ascent. The plan to use the village hall car park was scuppered as it was closed for some celebratory event. There was plenty of on-street car parking nearby.

Our route followed the Nene Way to Ashton where we stopped for coffee. The village peacocks were in residence but, unusually, were being shy. From here we walked through Polebrook and then on a section of road which took us to Ashton woods. It was a relief to get off the tarmac and to enjoy the cool dappled shade of the woods. Lunch was taken sat on the trunk of a fallen tree not far from Ashton Wold Farm.

The woodland bridleway soon came to another section of road taking us to Tansor Wold Farm. The fields from here, through crops of wheat, had a very wide footpaths, it was therefore something of a surprise to find our way out of one field and into the next blocked by overgrown vegetation and a small fallen tree. We found a way through and got back to the cars in Warmington. I’ll report the footpath obstruction to the local council for clearance action.

1st August update. Northamptonshire County Council responded quickly to my reporting of the footpath obstruction and have advised that it was cleared during their inspection visit.

Aerial View

Warmington – walk route



Dales 30

Saturday 29 July 2017. I still have a couple of caravanning/walking trips booked for what remains of this summer but my thoughts are already turning to what I might do next year. I recently came across a list of the top 30 hills in the Dales. I did the 3rd highest hill, Great Shunner Fell a couple of years ago but I’ve only done 13 (highlighted in red) of the top 30 so there is still plenty of scope to do more.

The caravan sites at Hawes and Wharfedale (Grassington) are ideal bases from which to explore the 17 hills that I’ve still to climb and visits will be scheduled next year. Some of these hills are the summit of vast areas of moorland without any direct footpaths so they will certainly be a challenge.

      Height (ft) Height (ms) 1/25,000 Map Trig point
1 Whernside Western Dales 2,415 736 OL2 SD 739 814
2 Ingleborough Western Dales 2,375 724 OL 2 SD 741 746
3 Great Shunner Fell Northern Dales 2,349 716 OL 30 SD 849 973
4 High Seat Cumbrian Pennines 2,326 709 OL19 NY 802 013
5 Wild Boar Fell  Cumbrian Pennines 2,323 708 OL19 SD 758 988
6 Great Whernside Upper Wharfedale 2,310 704 OL 2 SE 002 739
7 Buckden Pike Upper Wharfedale 2,303 702 OL 30 SD 961 788
8 Pen y Ghent Western Dales 2,277 694 OL 2 SD 839 734
9 Great Coum Western Dales 2,254 687 OL 2 SD  701 836
10 Swarth Fell Cumbrian Pennines 2,234 681 OL19 SD 755 967
11 Plover Fell Western Dales 2,231 680 OL 2 SD 848 753
12 Baugh Fell, Tarn Rigg Cumbrian Pennines 2,224 678 OL19 SD 714 917
13 The Calf The Howgills 2,218 676 OL19 SD 667 971
14 Lovely Seat Northern Dales 2,215 675 OL 30 SD 879 951
15 Calders The Howgills 2,212 674 OL19 SD 671 961
16 Great Knoutberry Hill Northern Dales 2,205 672 OL 2 SD 789 872
17 Rogan’s Seat Northern Dales 2,205 672 OL 30 NY 920 031
18 Dodd Fell Hill Northern Dales 2,192 668 OL 30 SD 841 846
19 Fountain’s Fell Western Dales 2,192 668 OL 30 SD 864 716
20 Little Fell Cumbrian Pennines 2,188 667 OL19 SD 809 966
21 Simon’s Fell, Ingleborough Western Dales 2,133 656 OL 2 SD 754 751
22 Yockenthwaite Moor Upper Wharfedale 2,110 643 OL 30 SD 909 811
23 Fell Head The Howgills 2,100 640 OL19 SD 649 982
24 Yarlside The Howgills 2,096 639 OL19 SD 686 985
25 Gragareth Western Dales 2,060 628 OL 2 SD 688 793
26 Darnbrook Fell Western Dales 2,047 624 OL 30 SD 885 728
27 Randy Gill Top The Howgills 2,047 624 OL19 NY 687 001
28 Drumaldrace, Wether Fell Northern Dales 2,014 614 OL 30 SD 874 867
29 Birks Fell Upper Wharfedale 2,001 610 OL 30 SD 919 764
30 Calf Top Western Dales 2,000 610 OL 2 SD 664 857

Caravan Site – approach drive

Monday 24 July 2017. Now that I’m back home and have a fast broadband connection, I’ve uploaded a video of the approach drive to the Youlgreave caravan site. Josephine may remember that we walked up the hill that I drove down. I was lucky not to encounter any other traffic as I towed my caravan in to and out of the caravan site. Had I done so then I would have been in a right pickle!


Shining Tor

Sunday 23 July 2017. I was joined by Jacqui for my last walk of this holiday. We met at the Pym Chair car park high up on the ridge that separates the Lamaload and Errwood Reservoirs. We had started previous walks from the shore of both reservoirs so it made a change to start from on up high. The only drawback was that there would be a steep uphill finish.

Our route took us in a southerly direction along the ridgeline, over Cats Tor and on to Shining Tor where we stopped for coffee. We then descended into the valley to the west of Shining Tor and then turned north to just beyond Howlersknowl where we stopped for lunch. The picture of the aeroplane, in a clear blue sky, on final approach to Manchester airport was taken whilst we ate lunch. Ten minutes later it started to rain quite heavily so we cut the walk short with a steep 250ft climb up the road back to the Pym Chair car park. Had the rain not intervened then the walk would have been 8.5 miles. Our shorter route was just 4.8 miles but still had a total ascent of 1,000ft.

Aerial View

Shining Tor – walk route


Deep Dale and Sheldon

Saturday 22 July 2017. The weather has been unsettled for the last few days so it was good to get out walking again. Heavy rain and thunderstorms were forecast for Wednesday but it didn’t rain until tea time and it was only a shower; a wasted day. There was heavy rain on both Thursday and Friday so time was spent in the caravan watching the Tour de France on TV.

Today I drove to the car park at White Lodge for a walk up Deep Dale to the outskirts of Monyash and then on to Sheldon. My coffee/lunch stop was taken on top of a stile through a wall. There were about 30 young cows on the other side and they all came to say hello. Perhaps they thought that I’d share my egg & bacon sandwich with them. Some loud shooing and waving of arms soon had them retreating so I could pass safely through their field.

The next landmark was the Magpie lead mine just outside Sheldon. I visited this site many many years ago on a HF holiday. From here I walked through the village of Sheldon where preparations were well underway for their Village Day. I called into the village pub for another pint of lime & lemonade.

The last leg of the walk was mainly in the shade of Great Shacklow Wood. The walk was 8 miles with a total ascent of 1,200ft.

Aerial View

Deep Dale – walk route


Baslow to Bakewell

Tuesday 18 July 2017. I took the opportunity of a local bus service for today’s linear walk from Baslow to Bakewell. There is an hourly service. I could have used my bus pass on the 10:10 from Bakewell but this was a little too late for me so I paid the £2 fare for the earlier 09:10 bus to Baslow. The initial stage of the walk was through the parklands of Chatsworth House before making a very steep 350ft climb up to the Hunting Tower overlooking the House. From here I could see across to Edensor whilst I sat having a coffee and recovering my composure.

The next section was in the welcome cover of the woodlands behind the House before descending down to cross the River Derwent on the road bridge at Carlton Lees. Soon after I was walking past the Chatsworth garden centre and, as it was almost lunchtime, I made an unplanned refreshment stop. I had a pot of tea and a bacon, brie & cranberry panini. I thought about adding a picture of my meal but I know that one of my readers thinks that this is pretty naff.

It was just after noon when I left the garden centre and the sun was at its hottest making it a tiring and thirsty couple of miles. I ran out of water along the way so the first thing that I did on reaching Bakewell was to visit a pub for a much-needed pint of lime & lemonade. The walk was 7.5 miles with almost 1,300ft of ascent.

Aerial View

Baslow to Bakewell – walk route



Three Shires Head

Monday 17 July 2017. It was full summer attire today; short shorts, short sleeve shirt, sun hat and glasses. Ideal weather for walking; blue sky, a light breeze and not too hot. To make the most of this good fortune I took myself off to Wildboarclough for a walk to Three Shires Head. As the name implies, this is the meeting point of the county boundaries of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire.

The walk started with a 500ft gentle climb up the side of Cumberland Brook. Once at the top I should have turned north but headed south, by mistake. I say by mistake as I had it in my mind that I needed to cross the A54 and thought that I had correctly memorised the route. A lesson learned, but not in a hard way: always consult the map! This mistake cut about a mile and a half from the walk but it didn’t really matter as all paths seemed to lead to Three Shires Head. The paths that I walked are shown in blue on the linked map and the paths that I should have taken are shown in red.

Three Shires Head is an idyllic spot and I stopped here for my coffee/early lunch break. The River Dane cascades below a picturesque arched bridge and is joined by a small stream flowing in from the east to form Panniers Pool. This is one of those beauty spots that are the preserve of “walkers” as the nearest road is more than half a mile away.

The route back was fairly easy crossing open moorland and was only spoiled by one very boggy and muddy section. The walk was only 5 miles but had a total ascent of almost 1,200ft.

Aerial View

Three Shires Head – walk route