2014 Walking photographs the bridge over the River Skirfare the church, the river & 2 walkers looking back to St Oswald’s in Arncliffe style or hole in the wall? … our Membership Secretary on his knees! through the woods catkins we are now quite high above the river but there is still more height to gain nearing Middlesmoor Pasture level ground at last, but still blowing a gale another style to get over a pause from the wind, behind the wall Great Whernside our windswept leader! coming down the Slit, into Wharfedale down, down, down Kettlewell below us approaching Kettlewell … bridge over the River Wharfe at Kettlewell this alternative was just too small Scargill, across the valley lunch stop, sheltered from the wind Sue found a comfortable stone Scargill, across the valley then up again towards the Cairn the rain has started the rain has started – keep going over the Skirfare at Hawkswick big limestone cliffs high-sided erosion on the bands lambs – through the rain! nearing the end of our walk mosses on the church wall back at St Oswald’s, Arncliffe St Oswald’s, Arncliffe … our destination! considerably wetter now! through meadows Croasdale Brook Croasdale Brook bridge picture Marsh Orchid a clapper bridge eyebright and yellow rattle a drovers’ road? through a farmyard Laythams – where Margaret was born! lunch break at Margaret’s friends! along the lower flanks of Burn Fell River Dunsop River Dunsop River Dunsop at Dunsop Bridge Dunsop Bridge Dunsop Bridge – West Riding! along the River Hodder a bridge to carry the water pipe over the Hodder Fylde Water Board carrying water from Stocks reservoir an outcrop in the distance! with a limekiln at the base a friendly pheasant bridge at Newton a ford crossing back to Slaidburn looking back Slaidburn Church – 3.30pm! end of a good day out plenty of water in Austwick Beck! towards Moughton Scar looking back to Austwick walking towards Wharfe geological folds in Crummockdale about to go up Studrigg Scar (with Sally!) still going up… and up … nearly there the view down the valley Sue coming over the style Keith coming over the style! coffee break Austwick Beck spring appearing, below Ingleborough Penyghent mainly dry underfoot cloud nearly off Penyghent the limestone pavement! … downhill from here the bridge photo! water flowing down the hillside, below the limestone water flowing down the hillside, below the limestone snowdrops to finish Gargrave/Bell Busk circular dry but misty colourful ivy along the Pennine Way! matching mud already! checking the route very young lambs Bell Busk is ahead somewhere … Haw Crag is still in sight a temporary reflection (in a puddle) newborn wrinklies River Aire the view the other way! Eshton Beck with a bit more water flowing in Friars Head just born and being licked dry Brockabank looking smart fritillary and narcissus snake’s head fritillary back over Eshton Beck ? (near the bridge) across the Eshton Road – nearly back River Wharfe above Grassington, looking North pair of goosanders on the river gathering gloom above Conistone the group! our Chair in the bath! abandoned still not much view … a sheep fold … with a special entrance! footwashing before getting back to Grassington clean & ready for the cafe end of the walk! Great Whernside circular from Kettlewell Tour de France yellow everywhere ready to go – yellow shirt on the hillside and kite flying overhead! River Wharfe bedecked (Kettlewell) Ian & Pat at the first style it’s going to be hot! especially going up! the view back to Kettlewell and ahead still going up Great Whernside ridge holding the gate (or having a rest?) great limestone landscape pause for a picture Hag Dyke (scout hostel) above Hag Dyke the top of one small summit will it stand the weight?? hold on … what happened here? cotton grass – we are now on millstone grit just a few sheep up there steps to the top steady & sure got there make it a bit higher than 704m? at the top – so we can stop for lunch … or explore the rocks cold drinks all round all downhill from now one last look back at the summit a sultry, hot landscape finding a bit of cloud cover! one more summit ticked off looking down Park Gill Beck our leader into Starbotton steep! valley bottom at Starbotton the bridge picture! Over the Wharfe the Wharfe looking south the Wharfe looking north reflections just so we know where we are … classic Wharfe dale 4pm – tea time! the big daddy meadowsweet field glorious meadow back to Kettlewell with bikes … and scarecrows and cow milk jugs! our route, 9.8 miles colourful rears!! our leader, and Penyghent all of us gathered (+ Sally) Hull Pot and the view to Penyghent (not going there today) no water this time – impressive rocks a grouse was calling to us on the new path for the 3 Peaks walk low cloud in front of Whernside low cloud in front of Whernside crinoids in a stone wall ice on the tops ice on the tops Cross Pot a lone gate post mole hills – one was moving, but no mole was seen lunch on the rocks with a good view and a mole brought for us to view!! an award-winning bridge over the Ribble high-sided for safety of horses and old walkers! don’t do it, Pat! the Ribble North… the bridge from the SW there were lots of sink-holes the bridge under the railway mounting steps still in place along the bridleway by the main road a log wagon our route heather in the distance, beyond Cow & Calf rocks the path through the heather iron age graffiti … more heather … … even in the rock! Burley Moor rocky outcrop (millstone grit) a fast moving wooly caterpillar! now rolled up, so I couldn’t get a good image! The Tarn a mini bridge looking south a green and yella caterpilla! the 12 apostles and the rest Thimble Stones (into the sun!) the stone path a natural work of art? looking back to the Thimble Stones lunch at the West Buck Stones (just for the family!) peacock butterfly a little bit of bog and loads of heather (selfie!) down we go views opening up first trees on the whole walk! that stone! reservoir above Ilkley Keith’s dream house ‘the Falls’ White Wells refreshment at White Wells a small tarn Sneezewort (achillea ptarmica) through the jungle of bracken bridge picture farewell a quick stop to see the bee orchid, Hoffman kiln bee orchid, Hoffman kiln marsh thistles towards Ingleborough a sink hole limestone pavement our goal! getting closer – still cloudy another sink hole along the Pennine Way – getting brighter boardwalk to the base a long view – more blue sky look at that blue! shadows and shades going up ok, let’s get going boulders everywhere ! cross-bedded millstone grit smiles the top! the top plus one extra looking down the other side sunny on this side! Hunt Pot Hunt Pot Hunt Pot refreshed by a drink in Horton back along the Ribble a lovely meadow a bridge photo! the Ribble is very low another bridge photo, with Penyghent in the background … minus the bridge! Dry Rigg Quarry and back to the car park Penyghent from Helwith Bridge The Quarry Coming down to Helwith Bridge Waiting for a steam train! Starting the long haul up Moor Head Lane Snow on Pen-y-Ghent Pen-y-Ghent The “Bridge” photo! Now if he was going the other way! Looking back at Helwith Bridge First of the puddles! Is it slippery? Leading a diversion Onwards and up! They don’t know what’s round the corner! More Water! Snow on Ingleborough Sannat Hall Farm Last of the puddles Stepping stones at Stainforth River Wharfe above Grassington, looking South starting out from Arncliffe starting off at the lock at Gargrave Starting off at Whalley The Viaduct Next Chair of U3A? Looking back at Whalley The ascent of Whalley Nab A welcome pause And on up again! Sue borrowed my camera! Neraly at the top Looking out over Whalley Banks Thought we should buy this for a U3A retreat! Going down (but not for long!) A tricky bit Our Group Leader The Bridge Photo Upwards again! River Calder River crossing! Walking on air? Entrance to Read Hall What’s in the window? Starting off at Foulridge by the canal (excellent coffee shop!) First view of Foulridge Lower Reservoir A pause after a climb Foulridge Lower Reservoir The Bridge Photo Slipper Hill Reservoir Slipper Hill Reservoir Michael’s new friend! Very pretty garden Going up! Back at the Canal Think we should do this next! Heron Pike Heron Pike Heron Pike Heron Pike Heron Pike Heron Pike Heron Pike Heron Pike Heron Pike Heron Pike Heron Pike Heron Pike Heron Pike Starting out from Airton Starting the climb And up! Looking back south towards Airton Still going up! Nearing the top A pause First view of Malham Cove Sun on Malham Cove The Bridge! Looking down to Kirkby Malham Church Through the buttercups Contemplation! Kirkby Malham Church What can one say? Waiting at the Victoria Inn The Aire at Hanlith At Scalegill Mill Some took the High Road, others the Low Road from Malham to Hanlith Looking back towards Malham – rain approaching? Between Hanlith and Airton starting off, minus leader Nita! First view of Bolton Abbey The Abbey The Bridge Photo Nobody went across! Looking back at the Abbey Paul’s rock! What fun! More fun! Wonder what this is? Chair tries it out first! Shall we have a go? More fun! Looking up the Wharfe Contemplation! Yet more fun! The Maze I’ve found the way out! Heading up to Buffers Buffers Buffers Ready for the Tour de France? Crag Cottage Back to a view of the Abbey Michael giving a talk Not one of us! starting off – Slaidburn Kettlewell – dressed up for the summer setting off! Starting off in Grassington Some walkers are already lagging behind! Going down to the Wharfe Over the Wharfe – not much water The Wharfe with 2 Archimedes screws for power generation Interesting rock shapes on the Wharfe Zoom in to read the details! Across the first of many fields! Interesting old barn Sally Can never resist stepping stones! Another old barn Linton – coffee stop? Winner of Best Village Contest 1949 The Old Hospital, Linton The first Bridge photo – Linton Across the fields towards Thorpe and the mist Tricky moment! Approaching the NEXT stile! And through the NEXT gate! Old church (?) at Thorpe our lunch spot Thorpe More stiles after lunch The bridge at Burnsall The Wharfe near Burnsall Sue couldn’t wait for the bridge Suspension bridge over the Wharfe The second Bridge photo Over the bridge The Wharfe Water stop The third Bridge photo Tea shop at Hebden – we didn’t stop!