Thursday 17 May 2018. The weather yesterday morning wasn’t great as a cold front moved through so I decided to have a rest from walking. Instead, I visited the Wensleydale Creamery for a spot of cheese tasting. There was a real variety of Wensleydale cheeses but I opted for a very tasty mature cheddar with Black Sheep Riggwelter Ale. There isn’t much left!
For today’s walk I decided to revisit an area that I walked in last March. This time I started from Helwith Bridge and walked up the side of Dry Rigg Quarry. This accounted for the majority of the day’s climbing with the section up to the top of Moughton Nab being particularly steep. Once on top, it levelled out as I made my way across pathless terrain of rough grassland and limestone pavement. I stopped for lunch at the top of Moughton Scars which was the turning point for my walk last March. I had only walked 3.25 miles but it had taken me nearly 3 hours as the terrain was so tough.
The rest of the walk was easy in comparison as I was soon following the 3 Peaks route down into Horton in Ribblesdale. I called in to the cafe for 2nd lunch (bacon sandwich and a pint mug of tea). The last two miles back to Helwith Bridge followed the course of the Ribble Way. The walk was 7.6 miles with a total ascent of 950ft.