Sunday, 14th September 2014

Walk: Valley of Desolation, Simon’s Seat, Barden Bridge and The Strid.
Start Point: Pavilion car par, Bolton Abbey Grid Reference: SE 078 552
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1,400 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: Rather dull during the morning, with rather hazy views but improved after lunch with some sunshine.

This was a second walk to Simon’s Seat as the first on January 12th was very foggy and all we could see was John’s fluorescent gloves.
Our first obstacle was the padlocked gate at Waterfall Cottage as the moors were closed to the 13th and from the 15th so that the shooters could give the local birds a hard time. But Fylde Ramblers, 10 of us, were able to overcome any little problem, and continued to make our way up to Simon’s Seat. A steady climb for a couple of hours. Not the best views but better than last time.
The descent is steeper back down to the Dales Way and back along the River Wharfe, via Barden Bridge and the pleasant Strid Woods and a look at The Strid, a narrow gorge that constricts the river into a rushing torrent. That’s the norm, but with the recent dry weather, it was rather quiet, and not the danger that has claimed the lives of a lot of people that have fallen into the water there. After a tea break it was just over a mile back to the cars and the facilities at the Cavendish Pavilion.

We leave the woods onto the fells

Group at the trig point on Simon's Seat

but the view isn't good

Mind the gap

Clearing as we drop down to the Dales Way . . .

and the River Wharfe

Welcome tea break with 1 miles to go . . .

via The Strid

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