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

 

Springcote

 

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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