Sunday, 20th January 2008

             

      

 

Walk: Embsay, Eastby, Upper Barden Reservoir, Cracoe Obelisk, Rylstone Cross, Embsay Moor Reservoir
Start Point: Embsay car park Grid Reference: SE 009538
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 2,600 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Low clouds all day, strong winds and intermittent rain
Comments: A good walk marred by bad weather. Some paths very muddy making descents treacherous. The views were non-existent because of low cloud. I think all eight members of the group were happy to see the cars.

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The waterfalls just North of Eastby look pretty full - sign of things to come!

 

Disappearing into the mist - as we pass the grouse butts on Embsay Moor

 

A very choppy looking Upper Barden Reservoir . . .

 

with brackish, brown water surging down the spillways . . .

 

from all directions . . .

 

before tumbling down Barden Beck en route to Lower Barden Reservoir

 

The remains of a long disused chimney looms out of the mist . . .

 

as does a derelict building - no cafe here then!

 

Heading on to Cracoe Fell - I'm sure there was an obelisk here somewhere?

 

Unusual rock formations provide a good spot for lunch - anyone spot the rabbit?

 

So that's where the obelisk got to!

 

The swollen waters thunder down from the moor . . .

 

making for a tricky crossing

 

And here is the obelisk on a better day . . .

 

and the cross . . .

 

along with some of the views we would have seen . . .

 

if the weather had been better

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