Sunday, 4th August 2013
||Top Mere Road (Track), Buckden Pike, Buckden, Old
Cote Moor Top, New Bridge
||Kettlewell car park
||SD 967 722
||Overcast with some rain
||13 walkers plus a very well trained dog
completed this walk. The weather was much better than expected and
we only had a very light shower near the end of the walk as we
dropped down into Kettlewell.
The day started with a steady climb to Buckden Pike passing the
memorial cross on the way. From here we dropped down to Buckden
where we stopped for lunch next to the car park. Yes a car park!
Fortunately for the leader there were tables and chairs here
otherwise there would have been some very disgruntled walkers asking
why it was we were stopping to eat at a car park when we were
surrounded by stunning Yorkshire countryside.
It was then off again on another steady climb up to Firth Fell from
where we followed the ridge to Middlesmoor Pasture before dropping
down to Kettlewell.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
Booting up in the car park before . . .
crossing Dowber Gill Beck
Ray battles with his umbrella . . .
but the weather clears as we reach our morning coffee stop
Fortunately the peat bogs are reasonably easy to navigate
The stone cross with fragments of aircraft parts embedded in its concrete base
stands as a memorial to the Polish crew of an RAF plane that crashed at this
during a severe snow storm in the second World War. There was one survivor
It's quite busy on Buckden Pike . . .
where we gather for a group photo
Heading down into Wharfedale . . .
on a pleasant green path
The picnic area provides the ideal spot for lunch
Heading up the opposite side of the valley . . .
we can see back over to Buckden Pike
As we reach the ridge Pen-y-Ghent comes onto view
The group gathers at the summit of Old Cote Moor Top
Heading down into Kettlewell . . .
we navigate through . . .
a narrow, rocky cleft
Crossing New Bridge into Kettlewell
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