Sunday, 26th April 2009




Walk: Pinhaw Beacon, Lothersdale (Valley of the Beggars)
Start Point: Cattle Grid on Elslack Moor Grid Reference: SD 939 472
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 1,800 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Fine, mainly sunny
Comments: 18 member set off for Pinhaw Beacon only a short distance, but the highest point of the walk, which meant that we would be walking down during the morning but then back up in the afternoon. But then it was a nice day with the views excellent, if a little hazy, as we made our way along the Pennine Way over the moor. Descending over farmland we passed many isolated old farms before reaching a point at West Closes, where we turned to head west to Birks Bridge and along Gill Beck to the small hamlet of Gill. It was here that we turned north to pick up the Pennine Way again to start the steady climb for the afternoon. On the way we dropped into the hidden village of Lothersdale, which was first recorded in the Domesday Survey of 1086, when it was called Lodresdene, and later Lodersden and Lothersden, all meaning beggar. The current name of Lothersdale appeared in the 1600ís. From there it was back to Pinhaw Beacon, not often we pass the highest point twice in the walk, and back to the cars.

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Setting off . . .


to Pinhaw Beacon, 488m


Pennine Way over the moors


We left the Pennine Way, heading for the green lane . . .


past Tow Top Farm . . .


for a coffee stop . . .


with a view


If you were a sheep ewe could have the view all the time!


The fancy wall on the right is Stone Gappe, where Charlotte Bronte worked as a governess in 1839


A new group member?


Can I come too?


Heading for Cook House


Turned west at West Closes


Lane End Bridge . . .


where we had lunch . . .


alongside Gill Beck


Meadow Flowers


An unusual lime kiln near Carr Head Hall


The primroses and lesser celandine look pretty

                                                                                                                                        There is a flower, the lesser celandine
                                                                                                                                        That shrinks, like many more, from cold and rain
                                                                                                                                        And, the first moment that the sun may shine
                                                                                                                                        Bright as himself, 'tis out again!


From Gill, Earl Crag and its 2 monuments look like a future walk.


It's back up the Pennine Way past High Stubbing (ruin)


A pause and Norman looks coy!


Looking down to Lothersdale . . .


for a tea stop


The it's through the village . . .


which we leave on the Pennine Way . . .


walking back to Pinhaw Beacon


and the cars

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