Sunday, 10th July 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Barbon, Bullpot Farm, Crag Hill, Great Coum, Combe Scar, Calf Top, Castle Knott & Eskhome Pike
Start Point: Barbon village hall Grid Reference: SD 627 823
Distance: 15.6 miles Ascent: 3,700 feet
Time: 7 hours    
Weather: Warm with clear sky for most of the day.
Comments: Seven set off from Barbon following Barbon Beck upstream to join a path climbing up to Bullpot Farm. From here we crossed rugged open access land to Richard Man, a pile of stones, where we stopped for a welcome late elevenses break. We continued climbing to our first summit, the trig point at Crag Hill, and then moved on to Great Coum from where we dropped down to Barbondale Road. The climb from here up to the Calf ridge was steep, so we stopped for a deserved lunch break at Combe Scar. From here there were great views over Dentdale and across to the Howgills. After lunch we followed the ridge across Calf Top, Castle Knott and Eskholme Pike before dropping back down to Barbon. There were clear views from all summits of the Yorkshire Dales, the Lakes, and the Howgills.

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Ian and Tony discuss the route as we prepare to start

 

Leaving Barbon we follow Barkin beck through the woods to Blindbeck Bridge

 

The woods are their greenest this time of year

 

Approaching Bullpot Farm

 

Leaving the farm we go up the track that we came down on Kath's Casterton walk last year

 

Members of the Red Rose caving club on their way to do some surveying in the Ease Gill system

 

We leave the cavers and go 'off road' as we start the long climb and take . . .

 

a late elevenses stop at Richard Man

 

Then we continue climbing to Crag Hill summit . . .

 

for a group photo

 

From Great Coum we descend over Crag End . . .

 

to Green Lane with great views of the Howgills

 

Looking back along Barbondale with the ridge of Calf Top on the right

 

We cross High Lath Gill by this angled stone bridge . . .

 

then it's down the lane and across the road . . .

 

to start the climb up Combe Scar . . .

 

where we have lunch . . .

 

looking down on the village of Dent . . .

 

and across to the Howgills

 

We followed the wall . . .

 

up to Calf Top

 

Where shall we go next?

 

Dropping down to Castle Knot with Barbon Low Fell in the distance

 

Tony and Ray soak up the sun on the summit cairn

 

Our route to Bullpot Farm earlier in the day is clearly visible to the right of the Gill

 

The it's on to the final cairn . . .

 

of Eskholme Pike . . .

 

with great views over to the Lakes

 

and down to Barbon Village . . .

 

before the steep descent takes us back past . . .

 

Barbon Church

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