Sunday, 19th April 2015

Walk: Hawkswick Moor, Park Scar, Arncliffe, Middle House Farm, Great Close, Cote Gill, Hawkswick, River Skirfare
Start Point: Kettlewell Grid Reference: SD 968 722
Distance: 15 miles Ascent: 3,000 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: Dry and sunny with a cold wind

This walk took us through another very scenic area of the Yorkshire dales which was scattered with settlements, enclosures and disused mine shafts.

Nine of us left Kettlewell heading south as we climbed to reach the trig point on Hawkswick Moor. From here we followed the wall up the ridge for a couple of miles before dropping down very steeply through Park Scar to a very quaint village called Arncliffe. This section of the walk was littered with shake holes which were clear to see all over the place.

From Arncliffe the route followed a path heading for Malham Tarn up the Cowside Beck valley. Before reaching the Tarn we headed south past Middle House Farm across Great Close where we joined a path heading east past a rather impressive Cote Gill where there is a waterfall which is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales. Unfortunately, the gill was very dry so there was no real sign of the waterfall today.

We then dropped down to pass through another quaint village, Hawkswick, where we crossed the River Skirfare on our way back to Kettlewell.

Looking down to Kettlewell as we climbed out of the valley

Tony's legs beginning to turn purple in the cold wind!

Group shot at the trig point

Dropping down through Park Scar was rather tricky. Pleased it was dry!

Climbing up out of Arncliffe in the distance

Following the path to Middle House Farm

Looking out towards Malham

Heading back towards Hawkswick Moor which can be seen in the distance

Even though there was blue sky it was still very cold

Hawkswick Mooor is getting closer

Cote Gill comes into view

Cote Gill was very dry so no sign of the waterfall

Climbing out of Hawkswick

Looking across to Hawkswick Wood

The walk nears its end as we drop down into Kettlewell

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