Wednesday, 20th June 2012
||Footpath along Artle Beck, Caton School, Disused
Mill, Littledale Road, Moorside Farm, Anna’s Ghyll ,Kirk Beck Bridge,
Bull Beck Bridge, River Lune Valley and back along the railway line
to The Ship Inn.
||Ship Inn at Caton
||SD 529 646
||A most beautiful sunny day
with hardly a breath of wind, but not too hot, ideal for walking.
||Twenty eight walkers joined Ann McKay
and I on this circular walk around Caton. It has been done before,
or variations of it, but usually the other way round. It worked out
quite well as the ascents seemed to be less steep. The walk involved
a little road walking but mainly on clearly marked paths, across
high growing meadows before returning home along the old railway
line, an easy end to the walk. We had splendid views of Ingleborough
from a few points and generally the visibility was tremendous. We
laughed at shorn sheep, saw rabbits jumping around and a pony with a
foal. There was a huge variety of stiles, most quite manageable, but
some caused great hilarity, especially the narrowest slit stile in
the county!! and one, dropping down to the River Lune, was quite
hazardous requiring somebody to stand by the edge of the beck to
avoid people slipping into the water. A quick manoeuvre meant the
group ‘missed’ Bull Beck car park so they couldn’t indulge in bacon
butties as we had a lovely meal ordered at the Ship Inn. The food
here was really good and generous portions, even for the light
meals. People said it had been a most enjoyable walk and we had
enjoyed planning it.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
Ready for the off . . .
Ann, the leader, gives her pep talk
Crossing Artle Beck
A short incline . . .
and a bit of a pull up
First ladder stile
Ann's been chatting!
Mother and son
What a lovely view approaching Anna's Ghyll Farm
Nearing the highest point of the walk
No wind to turn the turbines today
Susan demonstrates her agility at a stile
Two meadow larks
A well-earned break
For the steam buffs
A miniscule gap in the wall delays the group . . .
as even the slimmest were challenged . . .
and Alan gives Judith a helping hand
Reflections in the Lune
The River Lune at Caton with Ingleborough in the background
An artist's creation depicting the transformation of a former railway to a cycle
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