Wednesday, 4th September

Unfinished business - now completed

Walk: Crackpot Hall, Swinnergill, Blakethwaite, Bunton Hush, Old Gang Mines, Hard Level Gill, Surrender Bridge and Cringley Bottom.
Start Point: Keld Grid Reference: NY 892 010
Distance: 11.25 miles Ascent: 1,800 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: Dry, warm and breezy. Clear visibility.
Comments: When we walked the Keld to Reeth stage of the Coast to Coast Walk on 16 June 2012 it was a day of unremitting and occasionally torrential rain. We stuck to the valley bottom and followed the River Swale. Wainwright's description of the moorland route and the industrial archaeology to be found there whetted our appetite for a return visit. This walk more than met our expectations. Great scenery and fascinating industrial archaeology. A bridge has been installed over the beck at Cringley Bottom, so saving possible problems in fording. We returned to Keld by the number 30 bus; the journey was a rollercoaster! (Ask Pat about blind-fold drivers!)

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Leaving Keld

 

Crossing the Swale we followed the Pennine Way for a short distance

 

Waterfall at East Sonedale

 

John was looking for the fastest way to Reeth

 

Crackpot Hall was abandoned due to mining subsidence

 

View down Swaledale towards Muker from Crackpot Hall

 

Approaching Swinner Gill

 

Mine level and waterfall on the East Grain

 

Bridge by Swinner Gill Lead Mine

 

North Hush falling into Gunnerside Beck

 

Blakethwaite Lead mines, Gunnerside Gill

 

Ruined peat store and not a monastery at Blakethwaite Mine

 

The climb up Bunton Hush was steep and rocky

 

Crossing Melbecks Moor was like the surface of the moon. Was this a moon buggy?

 

Interesting structure above the Old Gang Smelting Mill

 

Old Gang Smelting Mill

 

Old Gang Smelting Mill was clearly once a large and complex site

 

Clouds above Old Gang Smelting Mill

 

The two photographers with very dusty boots, near Surrender Bridge

 

Fascinating field walls across Swaledale

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