Sunday, 15th March 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Heugh Gill, Barden Moor, Upper Barden Reservoir, Cracoe Fell, Cracoe Obelisk, Rylstone Fell, Waterfall Gill, Crookrise Crag, Embsay Reservoir
Start Point: Embsay car park Grid Reference: SE 009 538
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 2,000 feet
Time: 5.45 hours    
Weather: A dry day with a few sunny spells. A cold North Westerly breeze on the fell tops but feeling quite warm in the shelter.
Comments: Six walkers attended and enjoyed a fine day. Leaving Embsay, our outward route followed field paths and lanes to the village of Eastby and continued up Heugh Gill to the open moor where we followed shooters' paths to Upper Barden Reservoir. After coffee break at a small reservoir colonised by a flock of Canada Geese, we ascended Burnsall and Thorpe Fell and were rewarded with wonderful views across Wharfedale to Great Whernside and Buckden Pike. Continuing along the ridge to Cracoe Fell we visited the war memorial before carrying on to Rylstone Fell and its Cross. After lunch we descended into Waterfall Gill and crossed the beck before climbing to the ordnance survey column on Crookrise Crag Top. It was then downhill all the way passing Embsay Reservoir and back to the start.

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After setting off across the first field . . .

 

we are treated to a display of daffodils in Embsay churchyard

 

Lower Barden Reservoir

 

Grouse butts on Embsay Moor . . .

 

and next season's target!

 

Approaching Lower Barden Reservoir . . .

 

and Upper Barden Reservoir . . .

 

where we take our coffee stop . . .

 

near the overflow

 

Then it's on to Watt Crag . . .

 

and the war memorial on Cracoe Fell

 

Rylstone Cross

 

Who's helping who across Gill Beck?!

 

A view as we left the cross over to Nettle Hole Wood

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