Sunday, 2nd December 2012
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Kilnsey Crag from Conistone Bridge . . .
and again as we leave Conistone
Heading for the Dales Way
A 150 year old lime kiln on the Dales Way . . .
with information tablet
Unusual horse jump built into the wall
Skirting above . . .
We climb back onto the moor heading for the chimney in the distance . . .
reaching a track which will take us to the mystery chimney in the middle of nowhere!!
Tony, Jenny and Phil in the mining area with the old mine managers house in the background
The chimney is still some distance away
Eventually all is revealed . . .
as we enter the ruins of the smelt mill
The tunnel in the picture is the flue which took the fumes up the chimney (just visible to the right)
No Tony that is not our way . . .
The group follows the course of the flue
Not happy with the above ground route Ian considers the flue . . .
and contemplates what it was like to clean the lead particles out by hand
As we get closer . . .
the size of the chimney becomes more evident
Looking up the outside . . .
and the inside
Ian looking up the chimney with the flue from the smelt mill to the rear
The top reservoir used to drive some of the machinery
The remains of spoil heaps are evidence of the vast amount of material moved
All that remains of the pit that housed the 14 metre diameter water wheel
Before leaving the mining area we stop for lunch, Tony appears to be deep in thought
Continuing along the track we leave the chimney which now serves as a landmark
As we head down to rejoin the Dales Way once more . . .
and make the final descent . . .
down into the gill . . .
to walk through Bull Scar . . .
joining the icy path back to Conistone