Sunday, 23rd May 2010

   

            

 

Walk: The planned walk had to be cancelled so a small contingent went to the Settle to walk in 'Limestone Country'.
Langcliffe, Jubilee Cave, Victoria Cave, Attermire Scar, Sugar Loaf Hill, Cleatop Park, Ribble Way.
Start Point: Langcliffe car park Grid Reference: SD 823 654
Distance: 10.3 miles Ascent: 1,600 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Hot and sunny with a welcome breeze at times
Comments: 5 of the group joined me on a walk planned to take account of the hot weather and the likelihood that there would be a lot of people in popular areas and on the M6. Consequently we headed East and parked in the small village of Langcliffe. We headed up the Malham road - with complaints about the steep climb straight from the car!!! Before long some of the group enjoyed the great view from Jubilee Cave while the rest of the group explored the extent of the cave - but decided not to try out the back entrance! From here we continued to Victoria Cave, but took note of the warnings and did not enter cave itself. Walking on past Attermire Scar John tried, in vain, to locate Attermire Cave which was, possibly, at a higher level than those explored. Continuing on a lovely green path we made our way past Sugar Loaf Hill and located a grassy slope with good views for our morning break. From here we could see Lambert Lane where, as John informed us, there were passages that led under the track, linking fields without the need for gates. We then headed through Cleatop Park before turning North and joining the Ribble Way. It was a pleasant walk alongside the river to Stackhouse and back across by the weir to Langcliffe.

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The road led steeply up from Langcliffe to give good views over the Ribble Valley

 

The entrance to Jubilee Cave . . .

 

where John . . .

 

Kath . . .

 

and Phil decided to make further explorations - along with Eric who managed to avoid the camera!

 

The entrance to Victoria Cave was so named because it was discovered in 1837, the year of Victoria's coronation

 

The entrance is artificial - the result of extensive excavations which have unearthed a wealth of archaeological remains, from Romano-British artefacts (3rd and 4th C) to Stone Age implements and from a pre-Ice Age layer the bones of grizzly bear, reindeer, hyena, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, elephant and wild ox.

 

Continuing on past . . .

 

Attermire Scar . . .

 

we are pleased that . . .

 

Warrendale Knotts is not on our route

 

A pleasant elevenses stop

 

One of the under-track passages that John told us about

 

Entering Cleatop Park . . .

 

an ancient and richly colourful woodland designated as SSI

 

The variety of trees include oak, beech, birch, pine and larch - plus a profusion . . .

 

of bluebells

 

Look carefully, Marie gives this tree some perspective

 

The main railway line and the A65 join company for a short stretch

 

Time for lunch - when Eric and Phil take '40 winks'

 

Looking over Settle to Pen-y-Ghent - but what is the reason for the flag?

 

Phil captures a magnificent 'conker' tree, otherwise known as a horsechestnut

 

The foortbridge marked on the map seems to be missing so we took the road instead - well, it was easier than paddling!

 

Looking up the River Ribble to Pen-y-Ghent

 

An unusual feature in a colourful garden

 

Crossing the River Ribble - the water doesn't look THAT inviting to me!

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