Wednesday 25 July 2018. After a day off from walking I thought that I’d better make an effort today although I needed to be back by 2pm to watch the Tour de France on TV. With this in mind, I opted for a walk directly from the caravan, I’d done most of the walk before but opted to extend it to take in Bordley House Farm. Other than 2 DofE groups that I saw early on, it wasn’t until I was nearly back before I saw anyone else. Soon after passing the first group of DofE girls, I bumped into a guy who turned out to be their assessor. He was walking their route in the opposite direction to ensure that he met up with them somewhere along the way. He was surprised that I’d come across them as they shouldn’t have been Grysedale Lane and had taken a wrong turn. He dashed off to try to catch them up.
My route took me up onto Threshfield Moor where I met the second group of DofE folks. I took a wrong turn myself through the farm at Bordley but soon realised my mistake as quickly got back on track. The rest of the route was familiar to me and there was no need to refer to the map. The walk was 7.5 miles with just over 1,000ft of ascent. One odd thing that I saw along the way was a signpost with distances shown in eighths of a mile. I can’t recall seeing anything similar and it must be a throwback to when distances were measured in miles and furlongs.
Bordley – walk route
Monday 23 July 2018. Today’s 6.25 mile walk with 1,200ft of ascent was devised by me by looking at the map to find a linear route which could take advantage of the local bus service. My return bus from Kettlewell was at 14:45. If I missed this then I would have to wait for a couple of hours to catch the last bus. The 10:30 outward bus, from my caravan site to the start of the walk at Conistone, would only allow 4 hours to complete the walk with added undue pressure. I therefore opted for the earlier 09:10 bus which meant that I could start the walk at 09:20 and have nearly 5.5 hours in which to complete. If I did it in good time then I could enjoy a meal and a drink in Kettlewell before catching the 14:45 bus back.
The climb out of Conistone up to the level of the Dales Way was steady but uphill for most of the way. It passed through Conistone Dib, a limestone gorge similar to Trollers Gill that I did last week. After crossing the Dales Way there was more up until I arrived at the trig point at Capplestone Gate. I stopped for lunch here taking in the views across to Kilnsey Moor. The next section of the walk was fairly level following the line of the intake wall. It was along here that I met a Spanish couple, doubling the number of people whom I saw on the entire walk. After a couple of miles of fairly level walking it was time to head downhill. There was a gentle start but it steepened the closer that I got to Kettlewell.
I ended the walk in the Kings Head with about an hour to kill before the bus. I’d been thinking about a refreshing drink for the last few miles and quenched my thirst with a pint of lager shandy to accompany my steak & ale pie, with chips, of course. It had been a hot and humid day but thankfully there was some cloud cover for much of the time, saving me from burning in the sun.
Conistone to Kettlewell – walk route
Sunday 22 July 2018. The weather was slow to clear today with mist shrouding the hills but the sun showed its face by early afternoon. I didn’t feel like doing much and it was 10:30 before I set off from the caravan to walk to Linton. When I got there I would decide whether to push on to Grassington or to, more or less, retrace my steps back to the caravan. My energy levels hadn’t improved by the time I got to Linton so I sat by the beck for a while before setting off back to the caravan. This short walk was just 3.5 miles.
Linton – walk route
Saturday 21 July 2018. Just a short 4 mile walk today starting from Langcliffe, near Settle. The purpose of today’s walk was to visit the Hoffman Kiln. I’ve walked in the area a number of times before but hadn’t been aware of the Hoffman Kiln and just had to have a look around.
Leaving Langcliffe I dropped down to cross the River Ribble and walk north to Stainforth Force. The current drought has resulted in a very low water level and the falls weren’t as impressive as usual. Nevertheless, there was still a groups of children, joined by some DofE teenagers, jumping into one of the deeper pools. I then climbed up to Stainforth village to pick up the path leading to the Hoffman Kiln. I have to say that it is a very impressive structure and must have been quite a sight when in its heyday. From here it was only a short distance back to Langcliffe.
Langcliffe – walk route
Thursday 19 July 2018. I’ve done the walk up Hebden Gill a few times and it has become on of my favourites. The full route up the gill to Yarnbury, on to Bare House, down to Grassington and back to Hebden is just short of 8 miles. Today’s walk was a little shorter as I was suffering in the heat, despite starting at 9am. I stopped for coffee at the top of the gill and it was here that I decided to cut the walk short. It was only 22c but there was no shade to be had.
The revised 5 mile route with 600ft of ascent gave me an opportunity to try out some new tracks. Instead of carrying on from Yarnbury, I followed the road down towards Grassington and then hung left towards Hebden on Edge Lane. A few fields were crossed and I was back at the car well before noon. Rain is forecast tomorrow so I think that I’ll take a day off to visit my Brother and his family in Harrogate.
Hebden – walk route
Wednesday 18 July 2018. I decided to do a walk above Malham Tarn today. The road to Malham from Gargrave is narrow in parts but is used by hundreds of visitors each day and is negotiable with care. The road out of the village, up the side of Malham Cove is something else and is nothing short of terrifying. It is single track, very steep, enclosed by stone walls, has blind bends and is not for the feint-hearted. I was committed as there is no escape route and was relieved that I didn’t meet anything coming the other way.
I parked to the north-west of Malham Tarn and, after a short road walk, I picked up the route of the Pennine Way. I’d walked this section before when climbing Fountains Fell. I broke away from the Pennine Way to follow a quiet road which eventually leads to Arncliffe. There were a few cars using this road, I assume on a scenic drive. I followed it for a little over a mile, as far as Darnbrook where I then headed off into the countryside. Crossing Cowside Beck, I now had a 500ft climb up to the top of Middle House Hill. It was noon when I got to the top so I re-gathered my equilibrium whilst having lunch.
It was more or less all downhill from here as I skirted Back Pasture Hill and followed Monk’s Road to the shore of Malham Tarn. I had been walking for about 3 hours without seeing anyone else. The rest of the walk was on metalled roads through the grounds of the Malham Field Centre back to the car. Just as I was taking off my boots, a local farmer came along the road on his quad-bike followed by a flock of freshly shorn sheep. Quite a sight. My walk was 7 miles with 1,000ft of ascent.
Above Malham Tarn – walk route
Tuesday 17 July 2018. The drought well and truly ended in the Yorkshire Dales last night, if only for a couple of hours. The rain was torrential with cloud cover so thick that it blocked out the satellite signal meaning that I couldn’t watch TV for a short while. The weather forecast for the remainder of my holiday is for it to be dry although sunshine was in short supply today.
I decided to revisit a walk that I’ve done a few times before. It was one of the first walks that I did after getting hooked on walking and only now have I realised that I hadn’t actually been up Trollers Gill. The path that I had been using was a little further to the west of Middle Hill. I only became aware of this mistake after watching this video by Plodders Lost and today’s walk follows his route.
Getting to the start at Appletreewick was “interesting” as I had to negotiate some very narrow country lanes. Needless to say, I came back a different way. The route quickly took me down to the River Wharfe for a lovely riverside walk. I then headed uphill to Howgill before descending again to Middle Skyreholme, near Parcevall Hall, where I stopped for coffee.
Skirting around the grounds of Parcevall Hall I headed towards the foot of Trollers Gill, a limestone gorge similar to Trow Gill near Ingleton and Gordale Scar. In wetter times there is a stream running down the gorge but it was dry today although it did make an appearance towards the top. The remainder of the walk was straightforward although there was a steep descent of about 300ft at the end. The walk was a little over 6 miles with a total ascent of 900ft.
Trollers Gill – walk route