Sunday, 15th November 2009




Walk: Over Raygill, Nookdales House, Langber House, Lane House, Ingleton, River Greta, Lund Holme, Kepp House, Burton in Lonsdale, Bentham Moor and High Bentham
Start Point: High Bentham public car park Grid Reference: SD 667 693
Distance: 9.6 miles Ascent: 832 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Mild with a light shower or two in the first hour becoming bright and sunny. Cool breeze mid afternoon when the sun went down
Comments: Twenty one people and Brian, our leader, departed High Bentham car park togged up in rain gear but later had to strip down because it became too warm when the sun came out. The group headed north from the main street leaving the road to cross a golf course in the rain. On reaching Dumb Tomís Lane we turned right to Nookdale House. Here we passed through a garden and headed for Longber House. Just to the north of Nutstile we stopped for elevenses at some mounds which are possible remnants of coal workings. It is probable that men from Ingleton or High Bentham used these very same paths to reach their place of work (coal pits) in years gone by. It was a little noisy at this time because people were taking pot shots at game in the near vicinity. However, our leader, who is a kindly soul, took care of us and saw to it that we came to no harm. Ingleborough could be seen in the distance, doing a disappearing act as the passing cloud covered its summit. Emerging on to the A65 we ventured into the village/ town of Ingleborough to make use of the amenities before rejoining the A65. Leaving the A65 we joined the River Greta to go down stream on its northern side. As we ate our lunch in the sunshine we watched and listened to the river as it flowed down to the sea. After lunch we passed over Lund Holme and through Lund Farm on the way to the village of Burton in Lonsdale. Crossing over the Greta again there was a bit of uphill walking as we made for Bentham Moor. On the way our leader allowed us to have an afternoon break. On the way up the slight incline, members of the group had time to take in the vista of Ingleborough and other fells bathed in late afternoon sun. Hovering over the tints of autumn coloured fells could be seen para-gliders as they made use of the thermal currents. (They were probably dressed in thermals as well). On the last leg of the walk back to High Bentham the sun disappeared and the air became a little chilly. Although we arrived back in the dry, the rain began to fall just as we drove home. This was another enjoyable walk. Thank you Brian and back marker Dorothy.

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Brian leads off . . .


through High Bentham


Jacob sheep, as we head into the fields . . .


and over the golf course . . .


but who's worrying about golf balls now, bang, bang!


Mist hovers around Ingleborough


Old barn at Brook House


Coffee stop, and Ingleborough looks on . . .


and sunshine bathes the field as we look north-west


Reflections near Lane House, nr Ingleton


Old railway viaduct at Ingleton


Viaduct and view over valley


River Greta . . .


where we stop for lunch


Approaching Burton in Lonsdale


View from the road bridge over the River Greta . . .


and from Green Knoll


Afternoon tea break


Late afternoon sun on the limestone

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