Sunday, 28th August 2011




Walk: Chapel le Dale. Ellerbeck Gill, Twisleton Scar End and Twisleton Hall
Start Point: Information Office CP Ingleton Grid Reference: SD 695 731
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 1,700 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Sunny intervals with a light breeze at low level but a strong cold breeze on Twisleton Scar
Comments: This pleasant and not too taxing walk was devised by Malcolm Burnett who is fond of the Ingleton area. Unfortunately he was unable to lead on the day. It was intended that the walk should pass through Beezley Falls (part of Ingleton Falls). However, on the “recce” it was found that a new pay station is in place at Beezley’s Farm and the cost was £5.00 per person. In view of this exorbitant charge the group of twenty two passed along Oddie’s Lane instead, climbing to continue along a Roman Road to Chapel le Dale. The Roman Road is reasonably level and runs parallel to the Ingleton / Hawes road on the north side of the River Doe. It is a relatively quite road and offers views of Ingleborough to the right and Twisleton Scar to the left. The ever changing light gave the photographers ample opportunities to digitally capture the landscape. At Chapel le Dale a short time was spent at the Chapel where there is a plaque to remind people of the loss of life through disease and injury whilst the nearby Ribblehead Viaduct and railway tunnels were constructed. From the Chapel the route ascended gradually to Ellerbeck Gill where lunch was taken in the sun and cold wind. Climbing to Ellerbeck Gill, Whernside and the Ribblehead Viaduct could be seen to the right, whilst behind was Ingleborough with its changing many shades as cloud passed overhead. After a breezy lunch the group headed into the wind for three or more miles as they followed a reasonably defined path to Twisleton Scar End adding a few more feet to the total elevation. On reaching Twisleton Scar End the party cast their eyes over Kingsdale, Morecambe Bay, Arnside Knott, Littledale and Pendle Hill before starting to descend over limestone to a zig zag path on the end of the scar to Twisleton Hall. From Twisleton Hall the group followed a track to re-join Oddie’s Lane and then followed the lane back to Ingleton. A pleasant walk with a few gates, no stiles and mainly firm under foot.

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Norman briefs the group


Oddie's Lane, Ingleton


crossing the River Doe . . .


and looking S.W.


and looking N.E.


View over the quarry to Ingleborough, from Oddie's Lane . . .


and zooming in


Walking along the Roman Road with Twisleton Scars to the left


Coffee stop, using a convenient retaining wall


Two minutes!


Approaching Twisleton Dale House


Stepping stones across the River Doe




Chapel le Dale


Plaque in the graveyard . . .


of the Chapel in the Dale


11.15am i.e. 12.15 BST


Monument in the Chapel . . .


and the interior . . .


and stained glass windows


Two views . . .


of the same fungus


Climbing out of Chapel le Dale


View over Weathercote to Park Close & Park Fell


Sculpture . . .


and plaque


Gill Head


Whernside seen on the way to Eller Beck . . .


and a closer view


Ribblehead from Eller Beck . . .


and zooming in on a diesel train


Whernside (again)


Lunch stop, looking to West Fell . . .


where the leader 'tucks in' out of the wind


Norman leads over Twisleton . . .


with Ingleborough viewed over the limestone pavement


Pot hole sculptured over eons


Bill & John cross the limestone


The group passes through the gap at Ewes Top


Cairns with Ingleborough behind


Don't ask!


Descending a wind swept . . .


Scar End . . .


and pausing for a catch-up stop, before reaching Oddie's Lane

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