A Rocking Good Walk | Saturday 9 November 2019

Walk Leader: Paul Rodgers
Participants: 12
Mileage: 17 miles
Ascent: 2180 ft
Walk Register: Yes
Walk Report: Robert Cope


We set off from Fewston car park on a just above freezing and mostly grey cloudy day - but thankfully no rain and little wind.  And delighted to welcome a brand new member to the fold.

Our clockwise and broadly oval route took us initially on the old Roman Road across Blubberhouses Moor (an intriguingly well “posted” track - and a new experience for most of us!).  Then up Round Hill before dropping down on a little used track (almost due north) to meet the A59 at Kex Gill Farm - just beyond which we had our morning refreshment stop.

From there we crossed Kex Gill Moor via Spittle Ings and Spittle Ings House before turning north west to climb to Rocking Hall.  Leaving Rocking Hall we headed north across The Great Stray, then east, then south to Bray’s Croft Farm and on to Whitmoor Farm (with lunch somewhere between the two farms).

Crossing the River Washburn near to Libishaw Scar we then followed the track all around the northern/eastern side of Thruscross Reservoir, before crossing the dam and then following The Six dales Trail alongside the Washburn and back to the car park at Fewston.

Good company (as usual), some terrific moorland and autumnal river views - and some interesting new tracks (even for the “old hands”).  Many thanks Paul for a great day’s outing - definitely a "Rocking Good Walk" and setting a very high benchmark for a first time North Yorks walk leader!  

Photos by Robert Cope