Sunday, 20th May 2012

Walk: Dent, Banks of Keld , Craven Way, Whernside, Green Lane back to Dent
Start Point: Dent Parish car park Grid Reference: SD 704 871
Distance: 13.4 miles Ascent: 2,500 feet
Time: -    
Weather: Sunny and clear
Comments: Eight Ramblers made the journey to the village of Dent traversing a variety of interesting single track routes which allow limited access to this quaint Dales village of narrow cobbled lanes and ale houses.
The weather was much better than expected which was a bonus and set the scene for a good day out in the Dales. The walk took the group back through the village to Church Bridge where we should have joined the Dales way , leader missed a footpath but fortunately a parallel footpath along the banks of Keld put us back on course. We left the Dales way at Mill Bridge and followed a short road walk to Dyke hall Lane where we picked up the Craven Way which ascended the shoulder of Whernside, a good track and footpath giving views down into the Dentdale valley . A short stop for tea at Wold End and then on down the Craven Way until we met the footpath leading to Whernside A steady climb saw the group arrive at the top for lunch and to join Phil who had elected to take an alternative route to explore Whernside Tarns. After lunch and the obligatory Group Shot by the trig point we descended the west side of Whernside and made our way back towards Dent on Green Lane a track which started with great promise but quickly showed the ravages of time, weather, 4X4 and motor cycle traffic.

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The picnic area at Dent car park . . .

 

from where we started the walk . . .

 

and joined the Dales Way at the bridge . . .

 

leaving Dent behind

 

The wild garlic alongside the river is in full bloom

 

The ladies take a paddle as we correct our course . . .

 

to pick up the River Dee

 

Two minutes!

 

The rest of the group carries on to Grain Head as Phil heads up to Whernside Tarns

 

Pausing to look back at the Attengill viaduct

 

Whernside from the tarns . . .

 

the largest of which is quite still today

 

Looking west to Calf top and Coombe Scar

 

Closer to Whernside and its busy today

 

Is it a giant mushroom? - No, just a worn peat hag

 

The tarn on Greenset Moss from the top of Whernside

 

The rest of the group pause en route for 'foot repairs' . . .

 

and check out their target

 

A steady stream of people make their way to the summit . . .

 

and after a short while the rest of the group arrives . . .

 

to enjoy lunch in the shelter of the wall

 

A group shot at Whernside trig point . . .

 

before heading down to the road in Kingsdale . . .

 

and on to Green Lane

 

It's hard going as the lane has been heavily scarred . . .

 

by vehicular activity

 

A quick drink as we take in the view

 

Ray walks past an unusual tree . . .

 

but Sheila tries the arch

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