Sunday, 27th January 2008

             

         

 

Walk: Airton, Far House Laithe, Calton Moor, Weets Top, returning by Winterburn Reservoir
Start Point: Airton Grid Reference: SD 902 592
Distance: 11.5 miles Ascent: 1,600 feet
Time: 5 hours 20 minutes    
Weather: Dry and cloudy with some bright spells. Blustery winds on top.
Comments: Good visibility with views of the previous walk (when we couldn't see anything because of mist!). The paths were rather muddy but the terrain was varied. We dropped down into a lush green valley before heading to Winterburn Reservoir. The river at the end of the walk provided a much needed boot washing facility.

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Eric is in high spirits as we cross the first stream . . .

 

and head out towards Far House Laithe

 

The raised path keeps our feet dry as we continue up Calton Moor

 

We eventually reach Weets Top . . .

 

before passing the remains of an ancient wayside cross

 

We catch a glimpse of the mouth of Gordale Scar . . .

 

before heading across to Bordley Beck . . .

 

in the next valley

 

On reaching the beck . . .

 

we find a smashed bridge, evidence of the previous week's floods . . .

 

but this ancient bridge has survived

 

Climbing Boss Moor we see Cracoe obelisk in the distance (see previous walk)

 

Descending to Winterburn Reservoir  . . .

 

we are once again reminded of the floods

 

However, John proves that this one is not as bad as it looks . . .

 

while John and Betsy find alternative ways round (or is that through) the mud

 

Climbing to Cowper Cote the stiles seem to get bigger . . .

 

and BIGGER!

 

until we reach the lane back to Calton . . .

 

where clumps of roadside snowdrops remind us that Spring is not far away

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