Sunday, 5th April 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Fremington Edge, Marrick Moor, Schoolmaster Pasture, Hurst Moor, Slei Gill, Arkle Beck
Start Point: Reeth Village Green Grid Reference: SE 038 993
Distance: 10.4 miles Ascent: 2,0030 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: A breezy dry day with lots of sunshine and excellent visibility
Comments: 6 walkers set out from Reeth village green for the 1,000ft climb up Fremington Edge. Once on top of the edge we were afforded fine views of the surrounding Yorkshire countryside with Swaledale stretching out below us. Continuing on across the moor we descended into the remote community of Hurst where the isolated tall chimneys gave a clue as to the once thriving lead mining industry in this area.

Turning North from Hurst we passed through the unusually named 'Schoolmaster Pasture' before climbing once more onto Hurst Moor along the Moresdale ridge. Here we came across the ancient waymark of “Stony Man” or “St Andrews Cross” as it is sometimes alternatively called.

From here we descended into Slei Gill which in the 1700’s was the scene of mining activity on an epic scale. The mines are long abandoned but some of the buildings remain and although on the outside there is little evidence other than spoil heaps which are slowly eroding away there are many tunnels and excavations of 'levels' remaining under the surrounding hillsides. I would recommend visiting some of the websites on the subject for anyone interested in finding out more.

The gill joins Arkle Beck in Arkengarthdale and from here we made our way along the beck to Reeth where those who wished were able to make use of the tea room and ice cream parlour.

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We get a good view of Reeth and Swaledale as we climb Fremington Edge

 

A moss covered hummock provides a comfy stop for elevenses . . .

 

before we move on, passing a lasting monument to lead mining in the area on the way

 

Approaching Skegdale Bridge in Schoolmaster Basture

 

The group pauses to look at the Stony Man waymarker on Hurst moor

 

Washy Green Level Ore Crusher Waterwheel Race in Slei gill provides an ideal place for lunch

 

The Gill is quite narrow near the top and . . .

 

further down as it widens we pass one of the many mineshafts in the area

 

But as we join Arkle beck we are stopped in our tracks by this prehistoric monster!!

 

As we continue along the Beck . . .

 

we are fortunate to see new life emerging in the spring sunshine . . .

 

before returning to our start point

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