2018 08 16 Kantering to Kettlewell

Above Hawkswick


View across to Kettlewell and Great Whernside


Admiring the views on Great Whernside


Admiring the views on Great Whernside


Photos from Andrew


Half a dozen gathered in Grassington : such is my growing popularity Mill Bank Peter had even come all the way from a campsite in Ripon to attend . And so we were off via Threshfield & a nicely located campsite at Skirethorns to go thru pastures studded with scores of huge field mushrooms : foragers would have made a fortune . Past the multiple barking dogs at Bordley Farm & a brief stint on Mastiles Lane for the first stop wallside at Gordale Beck .

Then a wonderful grassy high level path across High Cote Moor with stunning views toward the upcoming tops, a pause for a quick photo then via Arncliffe Cote to picturesque Hawkswick . From the hamlet a steep ascent to gain a fabulous ridgeline to a remote Shooting Hut with far reaching views high across the valley . Joining a shooters track with the hum of bees working overtime in purple flowering heather , to crest the top & steeply downhill via a narrow limestone gap to replenish supplies in Kettlewell . The village had been invaded for the Scarecrow festival : debateable in places to distinguish what were the stuffed exhibits with enough comedy material from the visiting hordes in the churchyard to fill an entire series of Little Britain … think mobility scooters on uneven ground !!!

Tearing ourselves away from this spectacle we speedily marched out to regain the peace & calm of wonderful unoccupied open countryside with 1600 feet of straight ascent to the summit of Great Whernside via a fabulous remote outdoor lodge . The views on the way up & from the trig were stunning (Pendle Hill , Pen Y Ghent & Ingleborough) & after enjoying the panorama it was downwards on unmarked access land roughly following the boundary across Sweet Hill's impressive unspoilt moorland expanse . Eventually a defined path was reached to Capplestone Gate where the final stop was taken behind a wall sheltering from the now very gusty conditions .

Another superb grassy path downhill to the track at Bycliffe Road , passing the disused farm at Bare House & magnificent 360 degree views of Barden Fell , Pendle Hill & Pen Y Ghent to finally descend into Grassington . And no better way to round off a perfect days walking than a superb pint of Black Sheep Riggwelter before my taxi home courtesy of the chairman . A magnificent walk matched by the company with the 25 miles & 4400 feet of ascent chalked off in a walking time of just seven hours plus stops . It does what it says on the tin ... “Brisk Paced”