Sunday, 23rd January 2011




Walk: Grassington, Bare House, Bycliffe Road, Mossdale Scar, Conistone Moor, Dales Way, Conistone Pie
Start Point: Grassington car park Grid Reference: SE 002 637
Distance: 12.7 miles Ascent: 1,465 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: An overcast but mainly dry day with good views
Comments: A long gradual climb from Grassington took us up to Bare House and the Bycliffe Road. From here the clear track took us round to Mossdale Scar, the site of a tragic caving accident in 1967, when six young men lost their lives exploring the Grade V (super severe) system. Then it was over the wilderness of Conistone Moor with its spoil heaps and sink holes. Heading down through the field system we met the Dales Way, leading to Conistone Pie (with all the possible jokes being bandied about!). The pleasant green path leading back to Grassington was somewhat spoilt by the hundreds of mole hills strewn across it. A very pleasant day with good views and good company.

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The old water pump reminded Phil of the Dickensian pre-Christmas events held in Grassington - worth a visit


Looking back over Grassington, Pendle can be seen in the distance . . .


and from Kimpergill Hill Phil captures the cloud formations


A wrong turning puts John 'behind bars' (or wire) . . .


and phil takes to the 'saddle'


Bare House looks in reasonable condition for renovation - but rather remote


Approaching Mossdale Scar, the site of the worst single accident of British caving


On 24 June 1967 six young men were drowned when rain swelled Mossdale Beck . . .


causing the caves to flood


The water from Mossdale Beck


disappears . . .


under the Scar


Come on, Chaps, it's time to go!!


Who said the bacon sarnies were ready?!


One of several traps - possibly for stoat or mink?


Crossing Swarth Gill (is this where I lost my map last year?)


Negotiating sink holes on Benfoot Brow


Kilnsey Crag comes into view . . .


as we approach Conistone Pie . . .


but you can't eat this one, Ian!!


Admiring the view . . .


before it's time to leave


It looks quite a drop . . .


but to prove it's not difficult . . .


John heads down to the bottom . . .


so that he can demonstrate the ascent!


A pleasant path leads to Conistone


A smart looking lime kiln


Is this a giant's chair?


Kath tries it out for size

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