Sunday, 9th October 2011




Walk: Settle, Schoolboys Tower, Giggleswick Scar, Feizor, Pot Scar, Smearsett Scar, Little Stainforth, Stainforth, Moor Head Lane Track, Catrigg, Upper Winskill, Settle
Start Point: Royal Oak Hotel, Settle Grid Reference: SD 820 626
Distance: 15 miles Ascent: 3,100 feet
Time: 6.26 hours    
Weather: Very heavy drizzle most of the day.
Comments: Eight set off from Settle on a walk which almost followed the Elgar Way as described by writer of guidebooks Charlie Emett.

Sir Edward Elgar found this part of the country captivating after being invited to the area by Dr Buck whose orchestra often played at Victoria Hall in Settle. Dr Buck met Sir Edward Elgar in Worcester in 1882 and invited him to Yorkshire. So began the composerís long association with this lovely area.

We climbed out of Settle skirting Giggleswick Quarry up to our first vantage point, Schoolboy Tower, but unfortunately due to the low cloud views were disappointing. From here we followed a well defined path alongside Giggleswick Scar and on to Feizor. It was here that we left Elgar as he followed the valley route past Smearsett Scar to Little Stainforth. We were to be more adventurous here. We continued on through Feizor and climbed up to Pot Scar and on to the summit trig point on Smearsett Scar. By now the rain had really started to fall and with the very strong winds it was rather treacherous, so we quickly descended down to Little Stainforth where we joined Elgar again!

Unfortunately, we abandoned Elgar again in Stainforth with strict instructions to wait to meet at Catrigg Force Waterfall. We set off north following the Ribble way up to Moor Head Lane Track which we followed past Sannat Hall Farm and on over Catrigg to Catrigg Force Waterfall where Elgar was patiently waiting. From here we followed the Pennine Bridleway past Upper Winskill until we reached the road where decisions had to be made. Was it worth following the Elgar Way in such bad weather or should we take a shorter route back to Settle? As we pondered Elgar disappeared into the distant mist as he continued on his way to Langcliffe Scar. We decided on the shorter option, following the Pennine Bridleway back down to Settle.

A great walk, but atrocious weather!

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Passing Langcliffe as we climb beside the quarry


Schoolboys Tower


The bull looks on as we walk past . . .


as do all his friends


Big decisions, but we continue on . . .


to have our elevenses out in the open - luckily the rain held off until we were ready to leave!


It's getting pretty windy on Pot Scar . . .


but it's a gale on Smearsett Scar


A barn provides a sheltered spot for lunch


Back in Settle and Robb models the results of his argument with mud!


Must have been a top quality establishment . . .


but things do change over time!

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