|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 . . .
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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