Sunday, 22nd June 2014

Walk: Newby, Crina Bottom, Ingleborough, Little Ingleborough, Gaping Gill, Long Scar, Norber Erratics, Thwaite Lane
Start Point: Clapham, riverside Grid Reference: SD 745 693
Distance: 13 miles Ascent: 2,700 feet
Time: 7.5 hours
Weather: Sunny and warm
Comments: 7 members joined the leader for this pleasant walk through the limestone terrain of the Yorkshire Dales, though the lush undergrowth ensured that there were lots of nettles for us to avoid. After crossing fields and walking along tracks we joined Fell Lane (track), passing Crina Bottom which featured in club's 25th Anniversary book produced in 2005. Taking lunch at the shelter on the summit we enjoyed the best weather I've ever experienced on Ingleborough. A short stop at Gaping Gill was followed by a detour to visit the Norber Erratics before returning to Clapham.

Setting out from Clapham

You're not coming into my field (so we didn't)

The chapel at Newby

One of the many wall stiles we crossed

Re-grouping on Old Road

Usually to be avoided bit this nettle took my eye

Holly Platt

Is this the winner's podium?

John demonstrates a gate within a gate

A novel way of putting barbed wire on top of a dry stone wall

Steering clear of cows and calves (I used the zoom so I could stay a good distance away)

Heading towards Ingleborough the tree . . .

is actually two trees . . .

with distinct trunks

Time for morning coffee . . .

while enjoying the view of Ingleborough

Heading towards . . .

Crina Bottom . . .

which can still be seen in the distance (at least the trees can be seen)

Being informal before . . .

the leader encourages us into a formal pose

We saw these two carrying their bikes up the climb!

Heading towards Little Ingleborough

Gaping Gill . . .

where some take a closer look . . .

and others check out the information board

Over Spring Bank week and at the end of August . . .

you can descend into the cavern thanks to the Bradford and the Craven pothole clubs

It was this big!

Taking a break on Long Scar . . .

before heading through the limestone outcrops . . .

to visit the Norber Erratics

Tony tests the stability . . .

of my favourite rock - balanced on 3 small pillars

The rocks were transported by glaciers from Crummockdale . . .

and left here when the ice melted

The rocky face of Robin Proctor's Scar . . .

but if you look closely . . .

you will see a rock climber near the top

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