|Walk:||Great Whernside - Dowber Gill Beck, Providence Pot, Hag Dyke, Great Whernside, Hunters Sleets, Starbotton, returning to Kettlewell via Dales Way|
|Start Point:||Kettlewell||Grid Reference:||SD 968 723|
|Distance:||11.5 miles||Ascent:||2,220 feet|
|Weather:||Dry but very breezy with a decidedly cool wind on the tops. Cloud free summits giving excellent visibility for most of the day except in afternoon showers. Wet underfoot due to rain earlier in the week.|
|Comments:||After a false start in Kettlewell (due to the leaders failing memory) 9 walkers enjoyed mixed scenery ranging from Gill to moorland in what was unseasonably cool weather. All made it back to the start despite the hazards of deep bogs on Hem Gill Shaw and “nettle alley” as we left Hunters Sleets.|
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Ray looks on as the ladies decide the best way to cross the stream
Safely across we make our way up Dowber Gill Beck . . .
which turns out to be a pleasant stroll . . .
as we continue up the gill
Ray and John explore the entrance to Providence Pot . . .
before we stop for elevenses
Eventually climbing out of the gill we take a look back at our route
Climbing Hag Dyke we see the Guides' HQ . . .
and get good views of Pendle Hill . . .
and Ingleborough in the distance
We soon reach the summit of Great Whernside
Angram and Scar House reservoirs come into view on the other side
The Yorkshire plains open up as we descend . . .
and find an unusual road sign at Hunters Sleet
This un-named valley points the way to Kettlewell . . .
as we head for the village of Starbotton . . .
where we pick up the Dales Way along the River Wharfe
On the way back Ray spots a hare . . .
and a field scabious
Geraniums line the path . . .
as we head back to the car park at Kettlewell
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