Sunday, 24th January 2010

   

            

 

Walk: High Bentham - Many isolated farms including 1708 Mewith Head Hall, and over Skew Bridge for the return to High Bentham.
Start Point: High Bentham car park Grid Reference: SD 667 693
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 1,000 feet
Time: 5.75 hours    
Weather: Dry but dull
Comments: After a wet journey it had stopped raining as 21 walkers set off from the car park at High Bentham. After passing the parish church and crossing the River Wenning it was onto the fields as we headed east along the south side of Wenningdale through many isolated farmsteads, including the old, 1704 Mewith Hall which must have been a significant influence in the area as it has given its name to many features in the valley. After Hammonhead and Clapham Woods Farmhouse we were pleased to see that Skew Bridge had been re-built, so that we could cross the River for the return along the north side of Wenningdale. (Last time we were here we had another 2 to 3 miles to do). For quite a way as we approached Greystone Gill Bridge we were mystified by a strange pattern of bright squares. This turned out to be a major engineering project to hold the bank of the river in place to support the railway running alongside it. High Bentham came into view as we approached Cowslip Hill along an old green lane before crossing the railway line, and back past the parish church. At various places around the walk there are information boards, giving the history of High Bentham and the surrounding area. E.g. High Bentham had a very early Holiday Camp in 1910, where men and women were segregated to either side of the river. The railway was a main commuter line between Bradford and Leeds and Morecambe and Carnforth where the mill owners lived. High Bentham was a major supplier to the world for fire hoses. There’s more to rambling, exercising the brain as well as the legs!

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Brian says his piece . . .

 

and leads off from the car park . . .

 

past the Parish Church . . .

 

over the River Wenning . . .

 

and onto the fields

 

Dawson Close - in need of some TLC

 

Mucky field, waiting  . . .

 

to climb the stile . . .

 

at Far Sunny Bank

 

Gill Beck

 

Past Crow Trees . . .

 

and Brian advises how to get through a narrow stile

 

An oxbow . . .

 

as we cross Badger Fold Beck . . .

 

and a Rambler has a coffee break

 

Approaching . . .

 

a rather old, 1704 . . .

 

sundial . . .

 

on Mewith Hall

 

You need a coat round here

 

Hammonhead

 

Clapham Woods Farmhouse

 

New Skew Bridge back over the River Wenning . . .

 

for a lunch stop

 

Lower Hardacre

 

Re-enforced bank . . .

 

for railway alongside the river

 

Through Ridding Lane

 

Only Ramblers take to the fields

 

Back to High Bentham along an old green lane

 

Down Cowslip Hill to the railway . . .

 

and back past the Parish Church

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