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!)

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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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