Sunday, 18th January 2009




Walk: Skipton Golf Course, Skyrakes, Sharp Haw, Rough Haw, Flasby Fell, Flasby Hall, Crag Wood and Tarn-Ho
Start Point: Canal Side car park Grid Reference: SD 987 517
Distance: 8.7 miles Ascent: 1,668 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Rain, sunshine, horizontal sleet and blustery. Temperature around 0 – 3 centigrade
Comments: Before the walk commenced the skies looked threatening but seventeen people set off in the rain northward towards the A59. It was mainly uphill and the ground was sodden with overnight rain. Over the A59 we crossed the Skipton Golf Course, which was bathed in sunlight, and enjoyed the winter scenery around Embsay. Turning left at a lane we then crossed the B6265 and trudged over waterlogged fields gradually ascending via Skyrakes to Sharp Haw at 1117 feet above sea level. Here we did the usual Trig Inspection and admired the splendid 360 degree panorama. The weather was kind to us here. Our leader then took us down from Sharp Haw only to ascend again up a slippery slope to Rough Haw to see more Yorkshire (His home county). After marching us down the same route we then descended over Flasby Fell “Bog Hopping” on the way. In a sheltered “Green Lane” our leader allowed us to rest our bodies and have lunch. The lane having banks on either side made good seating for the Left Bankers and Right Bankers. The weather was kind to us again and we ate in the sunshine. Now replete, having reached the half way mark, we continued downhill to Flasby Hall where we joined a lane that took us to the start of a long ascent through Crag Wood. On reaching the open high ground we had some aerial views of Skipton before inclement weather closed in. At Tarn – Ho we retraced our steps to Skipton and watched an aggregate train go by as it headed away from Swinden Quarry. A good walk with the usual humorous banter.

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"Fore" - Skipton Golf Course


The leader awaits


Striding out  . . .


on our way to Sharp Haw


Nearing the summit . . .


where we have the usual Trig point inspection


After descending from Sharp Haw . . .


we made our way up Rough Haw


from where we could see snow on the distant hills


Rylstone and Cracoe fells in the distance


Lunch on the right bank . . .


and on the left bank


Ascending from Flasby Hall


Crag Wood


An aggregate train outbound from Swinden Quarry

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