Sunday, 16th October 2011




Walk: Carleton-in-Craven, Elslack Moor and Elslack Reservoir
Start Point: Slip road to Broughton Hall Grid Reference: SD 940 510
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 1,450 feet
Time: 5.75 hours    
Weather: Dry, warm and mainly sunny
Comments: Leaving Lancashire in low cloud and drizzle it was a pleasant surprise to find that at the rendezvous the sun was beginning to shine. Seventeen people took part in the walk. After passing the front of Broughton Hall the group headed over fields and a disused railway to Carleton-in-Craven. The village has a population of about a thousand and contains services such as a primary school, a church, pub, a social club, a butchers and newsagents. Carleton Mill dates back to 1861. It was originally built for spinning cotton; the mill later housed a mail-order business throughout the 1930s. During the Second World War the Rover company produced aircraft parts there. Shortly after, the mill returned to its original use as a textile factory and later produced carpets, eventually closing down in 1999. It was recently converted into apartments. Leaving Carleton-in-Craven the party started a steady climb towards Gawthorpe House on the edge of Carleton Moor. On the way they crossed two streams, one with a bridge and the other without, which meant a paddle over slippery stones. After climbing to a road above Gawthorpe House the party then took shelter behind converging walls to take lunch and to admire the sun dappled scenery set out before them.
A short route by road then enabled them to join the Pennine Way to cross Elslack Moor with its 380 degree vista. Descending from Elslack Moor the route passed through Elslack Reservoir which gave the party a chance to wash their boots has they crossed the spillway from reservoir. Continuing down to the hamlet of Elslack the group followed a Roman Road for a short while before re-crossing a disused rail track to All Saints Church at Elslack. The last leg of the route saw them cross by the way of Primrose Hill to join the A59 and a short walk back to the cars.

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Broughton Hall near Skipton


A tricky crossing over an old railway stile


Over the fields to Carleton-in-Craven


A sunlit terrace in Carleton-in-Craven


A disappearing act, Carleton-in-Craven


Making the most of the autumn sun


Two of the more mature members climbing out of Carleton-in-Craven


A beck with no bridge . . .


proves to be a bit tricky underfoot


A trio of ramblers with Skipton in the background


Nearing the highest level of Elslack Moor


John obscures the trig point on Elslack Moor


In transit from the trig point to Elslack Reservoir


Passing through Standrise Plantation


Elslack Reservoir


A free boot wash at Elslack Reservoir spillway


All Saints Church at Elslack

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