Sunday, 20th July 2008

             

        

 

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
Time: 6.5 hours    
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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Kettlewell Village

 

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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