Sunday, 6th July 2008




Walk: Whelp Stone Crag - Giggleswick, Cockett Lane, Rathwell Common, Whelp Stone Crag, Coney Garth
Start Point: Giggleswick Railway Station Grid Reference: SD 803 628
Distance: 10.4 miles Ascent: 1,100 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: Very, very, very wet
Comments: Nine intrepid explorers gathered at Giggleswick Railway Station with the prospect of a wet day ahead of them. It was actually quite pleasant when we set off with the tail end of a shower and a warming sun on our backs. Who knows, often the weather men get it wrong. Soon we were tackling Cockett Lane – an event to test even the hardiest amongst us. A narrow lane hedged in by stone walls, long grass and a running stream, made it arduous to pass. Impossible to see where you were putting your feet or to know how deep the water was it came as little surprise to find a fallen tree blocking our way. However with some elegance and use of the rear end we managed to scramble over it and continue on our way over Cockett Moss. On the recce our way was accompanied by the sound of meadow pipits startled by our advance. Today it was the inexorable splish-splash of water which befriended us. As we set off to cross Rathmell  Common the heavens opened up and with no chance of shelter we soldiered on past deserted grouse butts up to Whelp Stone Crag for what should have been a pleasant view over Settle. However it was decided to seek shelter from the rain so lunch was taken in the trees, a decision welcomed by the gnats, flies and biting insects which inhabited those parts and came out from their cover for party-time. It did allow time for Nurse O’Brien to demonstrate her medical skills in treating Brenda’s blisters.
Leaving the Crag we soon arrived at Whelp Stone Lodge, a beautiful old farmhouse with wonderful views, ripe for development. After the relentless mire and marshland the road down to Hesley Hall came as a welcome respite and under a sunny sky we were soon all dried out. A pleasant break was had at Coney Garth but in the distance the storm clouds were gathering yet again and it was not long until our retreat to the Railway Station was accompanied by the now familiar sensation of rain on waterproof. And so nine wet intrepid explorers returned to their cars where the leader was acclaimed to rapturous applause (or something like that!!!) Hopefully those on the coach trip had better fortune.


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Green Lane - oh my wet feet!


Robina advising the group about a fallen tree


Deborah tries her hand at selling eggs


Brian and Robina walking on water on Rathmell Common


Sheila assists Brenda with her blisters


Robina and Gary try to avoid the midges at lunch time


Has anybody seen our leader?


No Gary! It's that way


Two minutes of sunshine


Afternoon tea


Trying to beat the thunder storm

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