Wednesday, 23rd September 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Leeds Liverpool Canal, Doubler Stones, Black Hill, gritstone edge & Windgate Nick, with views over Wharfedale.
Start Point: Wesley Street car park, Silsden Grid Reference: SE 041 464
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 1,200 feet
Time: 4.5 hours    
Weather: Dull morning, windy over moors, but improved with some sunshine during afternoon.
Comments: Our group of 11 set off along Kirkgate to the canal, where we took to the towpath heading SE into the countryside. Leaving the canal over a swing bridge it was up hill along a quiet lane before entering a pleasant wooded valley and eventually over rising farmland to the Doubler Stones, strangely weathered rock formations atop of the moor. It was rather windy and they provided some cover for a coffee stop. From there, a short rising path took us up to the gritstone edge at Windgate Nick. There was an expansive view of Wharfedale from there, proving that you do not have to be very high to enjoy memorable views. From there we descended via the Nick into the pleasant pastures and farms in Wharfedale. Near Silsden Reservoir we came across an unusual structure in the fields. A farmer said it was an experimental low voltage radio aerial? After reaching Pickersgill Manor Farm and meeting some of its residents, it was all downhill back to Silsden.

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Starting along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal . . .

 

into the countryside . . .

 

across the swing bridge . . .

 

and into the woods

 

Approaching Doubler Stones Farm . . .

 

through the farm . . .

 

to the Doubler Stones . . .

 

for a coffee stop

 

Scenic countryside

 

Big Game . . .

 

on a Doubler Stone Allotment

 

View over Wharfedale from the gritstone edge . . .

 

and down Windgate Nick

 

Quack! Quack!

 

Trumpet of the North?

 

Foot bridge over Great Gill Beck

 

Inhabitants of . . .

 

Pickersgill Manor Farm

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