Sunday, 3rd August 2014

Walk: Woodhouse, Howgill, Skyreholme, Middle Skyreholme, Trollers Gill, Gill Heads, Kail Lane (track)
Start Point: Burnsall village car park Grid Reference: SE 031 611
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1,145 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: Warm, overcast and breezy with some sunshine and a couple of light showers
Comments:

Twenty three walkers turned out for this nine mile walk starting from the car park at Burnsall.
Shortly after crossing the Burnsall road bridge we picked up the Dalesway path and followed the River Wharfe in the direction of The Strid and Bolton Abbey. There was plenty of water in the river today after the heavy downpours on Saturday.

On reaching Fir Beck we headed away from the Wharfe to break for elevenses and shortly afterwards we continued across Stangs Lane and onto the track which is Howgill Lane. Continuing in this direction we eventually took a path to the left into the village of Skyreholme where crossed the beck once more. From here it was on to Middle Skyreholme and then to Trollers Gill where lunch was taken. Here Roger announced that a choice was to be made whether to continue up the gill (which surprisingly had little water coming down it) or to take the “easier” path avoiding the Gill.

In true Fylde Ramblers spirit all the participants elected to go up the Gill which was negotiated successfully by all despite being made slightly slippery by a light shower as we were having lunch.

On reaching the gill head a sharp climb to the left took us onto New Road and after a short section on tarmac we were able to pick up the Kail Lane track which took us back to the River Wharfe and onto the Dalesway once more where we retraced our steps back to Burnsall.                   

The bridge at Burnsall

Plenty of water in The Wharfe today after yesterday's heavy rain

Leaving the car park at the start of the walk

The river becomes more turbulant as we head towards The Strid . . .

but we turn off before then and stop for elevenses . . .

before continuing on our way . . .

past the scarecrow . . .

the fungus . . .

and the unusual garage

Over the bridge at Skyreholme . . .

passing tress heavily laden with berries . . .

to reach Troleers Gill for lunch

Entering Trollers Gill

Roger leads the way

Harebells grow in abundance . . .

as we climb . . .

higher up the slippery gill . . .

eventually reaching a stile

Looking back from above the gill

Burnsall comes into view as we near the end of the walk

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