Sunday, 6th March 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Ickornshaw Moor, Wolf Stones, Oakworth Moor, Keighley Moor Reservoir, Keighley Moor, Hitching Stone, Wainman’s Pinnacle, Lund’s Tower
Start Point: Holy Trinity Church, Ickornshaw Grid Reference: SD 968 430
Distance: 11 mls Ascent: 2,000 ft
Time: 6 hrs    
Weather: A bright clear day with good spells of sunshine.
Comments: Nine walkers attended for this outing. The walk began on the Pennine Way which we followed for a time past Wolf Stones to Old Bess Hill. At this point we left the Pennine Way to follow a permissive path over Oakworth Moor to Keighley Moor Reservoir. From here we descended to Morkin Bridge where we followed the road for a short way before turning back on to Keighley Moor to visit the Hitching Stone. Crossing a marshy area we headed for Earl Crag and the Wainman’s Pinnacle, before continuing along the crag to visit Lund’s Tower. Leaving Earl Crag we followed an assortment of field paths and farm tracks back to the start.

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Phil & John hurry to catch up

 

One of the many shooting huts in this area . . .

 

which used to be peat cutters huts

 

Coffee at Little Wolf Stones

 

Keighley Moor reservoir

 

Crossing the dam

 

Climbing the moor to the Hitching Stone, a gigantic cube of gritstone estimated to weigh around 1,000 tons, and considered to be the largest detached boulder in Yorkshire.

 

Time to stop for lunch . . .

 

and check out a different aspect

 

The Wainman's Pinnacle. This was erected either by Lady Amcotts in memory of her husband, one of the Wainman family, or by Richard Wainman to mark the Battle of Waterloo (1815)

 

where the group take in the view . . .

 

from the edge . . .

 

but John finds the best vantage point

 

A last look at the monument . . .

 

before heading to . . .

 

Lund's Tower. The tower was constructed by James Lund of Malsis Hall either to celebrate the birth of his daughter Ethel or the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria (1887).

 

Now Ray and Marie are in residence . . .

 

and check on their 'subjects'

 

A study in silhouette

 

Signs of spring in the air as we head back to the cars

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