Sunday 13 August 2017. I met Jacqui yesterday for a walk up Parlick Fell. It rained quite heavily on the drive there and there was a heavy shower as we dashed from the car park to the village tea shop. The hills were still shrouded in cloud and it didn’t look very promising so the walk was abandoned in favour of a visit to the food festival being held in nearby Clitheroe. The corndoned-off streets were packed with stalls and people. It stayed dry and the intended hill walk might have been more preferable.
The weather was much improved today so I made the 10 mile drive to Pateley Bridge. My route followed the Nidderdale Way for much of the time but large sections of the route were made up of tarmaced farm access roads shown on the maps as bridleways. I only saw one car but the hard surface was unforgiving on my feet.
I stopped for coffee at Brandstone Dub bridge with the beck flowing just below me. Another stop was taken sat in the sun near the caravan site at Ashfold Side. The walk was just 5.9 miles with a little over 900ft of ascent.