Sunday, 30th May 2010

   

            

 

Walk: The route passed several old building all quite isolated, Swans, High Ivah, Brackenbottom, Foss Bank and Beethams, before reaching Aikengill Road again.
Start Point: Parking area on Slaidburn Road Grid Reference: SD 671 661
Distance: 9.5 mls Ascent: 1,350 feet
Time: 5.25 hours    
Weather: Broken cloud, mainly sunny with some wind and a few spots of rain near the end.
Comments: Our small group of 8 set off from the small parking area on the moor south of High Bentham, along the Aikengill road, into a quite strong cool wind, but by the time we had dropped down to Rantree Fold where we left the road, it had subsided and became much warmer in the sun. We crossed the fields to the small isolated church at Mill Bridge near Lowgill. It was then west over the fields and dropping down to the River Hindburn where someone had built a series of small towers in the riverbed. Up through the bluebell woods and soon to head south to Lower Thrushfield where we had our lunch stop. It was shortly after here the small lane became a dirt track. It was obviously, and still is a designated road, as a bridge, Botton Bridge, had official signs to the effect of a 3T weight limit!? On to Botton Head where we rejoined the metalled road over Middle Gill Bridge to Whitray where we turned north to head back to base.

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Nice view of Ingleborough from the start

 

Brenda is cold in the wind . . .

 

but soon warms up as we set off . . .

 

and the gorse is very colourful in the sun

 

Rantree Fold

 

Old school and church as we cross the fields

 

Church of the Good Shepherd in the Parish of Tatham . . .

 

and inside

 

Someone has been busy . . .

 

and the bluebells are lasting well

 

Best to give this group a wide berth

 

River Hindburn

 

Middle Barn

 

Lower Thrushgill

 

A lone cyclist passes . . .

 

as we have lunch . . .

 

and the view is splendid

 

Botton Bridge. Not many lorries round here I'd say

 

Botton Head with the 'road' to the weak bridge

 

Botton Head

 

Middle Gill Bridge

 

Whitray

 

Swans, 17th century farmhouse

 

It's for sale, 0.5 miles along this track to the road

 

Brackenbottom

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