Sunday, 26th October 2008

             

      

 

Walk: Hellifield, Otterburn and a series of isolated farms/conversion around the moors to the north of Hellifield.
Start Point: Hellifield car park Grid Reference: SD 855 564
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1,100 feet
Time: 5.25 hours    
Weather: Quite sunny and windy with 2 heavy showers.
Comments: A group of 31 set out in the fine weather after preceding days of heavy rain. There was a lot of standing water in a few places to be negotiated, but most of the paths and tracks were clear around the access tracks to the isolated farms and converted homes that were passed along the route of the walk.

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Setting off along Haw Lane - but someone seems to have changed their mind about the walk!

 

Higher up Haw Lane all the troops are heading in the right direction

 

Along the side of Wenningber Hill

 

No seats available at the coffee stop in Dacre Lane, near Otterburn

 

Park House, the first of the conversion projects (about 1 mile off the road)

 

and we climb back onto the moor with Otterburn Beck winding round the valley

 

Approaching Orms Gill Green as it starts to rain . . .

 

where Gary, Norman and Brenda shelter in an old lime kiln . . .

 

and the rest in the barn

 

Climbing to the highest point of the walk . . .

 

at Crake Moor . . .

 

and then heading south-west . . .

 

over the fields

 

to Bookilber Barn (4 miles from the road at Settle)

 

Line up, line up for the Newton Moor bridge and stile adventure course!

 

Little Newton . . .

 

where a lone deer thinks it is a sheep . . .

 

and just in case you haven't already got your boots muddy!!

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