Skipton Double Trigger (Sort Of) | Saturday 13 August 2022

Walk Leader: Robert Cope
Participants: 6
Mileage: 21 miles
Ascent: 2,950 ft
Walk Report: Robert Cope
Weather: Very hot | Full sun all day


We set off already in short sleeves and heavily laden with water in preparation for the forecast hot day ahead - and the forecast was not wrong on this occasion!  Our route was anticlockwise and a square(ish) but tilted 45 degrees loop, based broadly upon the historic Skipton Double Trigger challenge walk - but starting from Gargrave rather than Skipton.

The Pennine Way took us via East Marton and Thornton-in-Craven before climbing to Pinhaw Beacon (388m) where we had our mid-morning stop (and did our best to encourage two small groups of “Pennine Wayers”).  Continuing initially on the Pennine Way we then left it and headed north east to Carleton-in-Craven where its pretty village green afforded much needed tree shelter for our lunch break.

Crossing the River Aire we made our way to the Leeds-Liverpool canal where we hoped to replenish our water supplies using the canal side water taps provided for the boating community.  We hadn’t reckoned however on the distraction of the ice-cream van sited in Airville Park - it would have been rude wouldn’t it not to stop and support a local ice-cream maker?  After then topping up with water as planned, we made our way along the canal and through a busy Skipton to pick up the Dales High Way.  This took us through Skipton Golf Course before the long haul up to Sharp Haw (357m) where we took a short break to take in the 360 views - and the breeze!

We returned to Gargrave via Flasby and Eshton Road - somewhat bedraggled but in good spirits.  We were pleased to welcome an LDWA guest from BBN and Essex & Hearts Groups who joined us for the day.


Photos by Robert Cope

Photos by Tony Jenner

Photos by Christine Stopford