Sunday, 8th May 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Thwaite Lane, Norber Erratics, Sulber Gate, Sulber Nick, Moughton Scars, Wharfe, Feizor, Austwick
Start Point: Clapham, riverside parking area Grid Reference: SD 745 692
Distance: 13. 5 miles Ascent: 1,970 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: Mild with sunny spells, a cold wind at the head of the valley and a few spots of rain
Comments: Unusually, both the Moderate (Fours) and Strenuous (Twos) groups had planned to start from the same place today, an hour apart. It turned out that the groups were following a partly similar route in opposite directions and did meet one another.

Visiting the Norber Erratics early in the walk the leader shared information about the unusual rock structures. Further information is included below. With gradual ascents and springy turf underfoot good time was made as followed the route to Sulber Gate. Heading across the valley above Moughton Scars there were great views in all directions, including Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough. Dropping out of the wind, a grassy bank was chosen for our lunch stop, just as we met the Fours. After reaching Wharfe we detoured to Feizor, passing an inviting tea room before making our way to Austwick. From here it was a level path through lush grass to pass the car park in Clapham - where the Fours were preparing to leave.

A good walk enjoyed by all.

A glacial erratic is a piece of rock that differs from the size and type of rock native to the area in which it rests. The Norber Erratics are glacially-transported sandstone boulders found near Austwick in North Yorkshire. They were eroded from cliffs 1km away to the north in Crummackdale and were deposited at Norber on Carboniferous limestones when the ice melted about 15000 years ago. Some of the larger erratics have protected the limestone beneath them while the surrounding surface has slowly been dissolved away by acid soil-water. These erratics now rest on upstanding blocks of limestone, known as pedestals, some of which reach 60cm in height.


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Turning off Thwaite Lane we approach Robin Proctors Scar . . .

 

passing an erratic on the way

 

This one is particularly impressive . . .

 

and the group gathers to take a look

 

Our route continues parallel to Crummackdale . . .

 

with great views over to Pen-y-Ghent . . .

 

and the limestone pavement of Moughton Scars

 

Continuing on the route . . .

 

another view of the Scars . . .

 

before we take our coffee stop at Sulber Gate

 

Crossing the head of the valley Pen-y-Ghent basks in the sunshine . . .

 

and Phil captures a wild orchid

 

Ian enjoys a distant view of the group . . .

 

and a close up of Pen-y-Ghent . . .

 

with Ingleborough in the opposite direction

 

Before too long the cloud descends over Ingleborough . . .

 

and Ian takes a detour to check out the cairn at Capple Bank . . .

 

where he gets great views of Moughton . . .

 

and the edge of the escarpment

 

A short pause to adjust clothing . . .

 

before heading down the gully - is that a sphinx on the rock face?

 

It certainly looks like a face from this angle!

 

The approaching group looks familiar - the Fours heading in the opposite direction . . .

 

but they don't wish to join us for lunch!

 

Three hares enjoy a romp amongst the grass

 

Passing the appropriately named White House . . .

 

we take the track . . .

 

to Feizor . . .

 

where a garden includes an unusual water feature

 

Another unusual feature . . .

 

where Ian and Phil hope for a refreshing tea!

 

Approaching Austwick . . .

 

Robin Proctors Scar is on the left with the Norber Erratics just right of centre

 

Bluebells flourish beside Austwick Bridge . . .

 

and a patch of wild garlic in full bloom

 

The Leader's Bench!

 

Phil tackles a narrow kissing gate . . .

 

followed by Eric . . .

 

but Phil tries a different tactic at the next one

 

Milking time!

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