Sunday, 13th September 2015

Walk: Conistone Village, Conistone Dib, Mossdale Scar, Capplestone Gate, Conistone Pie, Dales Way
Start Point: By the bridge in Conistone Village Grid Reference: SD 978 675
Distance: 7.5 miles Ascent: 1,300 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: A sunny Autumnal day, which lasted throughout the walk.

14  walkers set out from the stone bridge at Conistone Village on a lovely sunny morning.  We climbed up the dry gorge of Conistone Dib, allowing time for the rock scramble up the gorge and eventually out into a valley for a short way. Another rock scramble where hands were better than walking poles took us to a public bridleway signposted Sandy Gate. We stopped for coffee along the bridleway. After coffee we headed along a walled track to crossroads where we turned left for Capplestone Gate. Onwards up towards a tree plantation we followed the path across the open field, clear to our right Mossdale Scar and the Caverns appeared. We headed upwards again to reach Capplestone Gate and the trig at the top, which we visited to take in the extensive views all around us. Out along a ridge, now level walking towards Kettlewell, but not taking the signed route for Kettlewell we reached a ladder stile where we broke for a lunch stop. After lunch it was downwards off the ridge following a path through a break in the wall to take us down to meet the Dales Way at the corner of a wood. Turning sharp left we headed along the Dales Way meeting the Conistone Pie outcrop where we paused for group photos. Along and down from the Pie we eventually met the Bridleway back into Conistone Village, where we called into St Marys Church to view the plaque in memory of the lads that died in Mossdale Caverns. A great day's walk for us all.

Starting out

Leading the way

Still in the lead

Following on

A narrow passage

Rock Scramble

Valley floor

Follow the leader

Another scramble

Still going up

We made it

Here we are . . .

at the trig point

Serious views

Ready to move on

Downwards after lunch . . .

to meet the Dales Way

Turn left

On the Pie

All on the Pie

Leaving the Pie

In memory of the lads

At St Mary's Church

Finish of the walk

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