Sunday, 19th June 2016

Walk: Pateley Bridge, Skrikes Yorke’s Folly, Harewell Hal, River Nidd, Smelthouses, Brimham Moor, Brimham Rocks, Fell Beck, Nidderdale Way
Start Point: Pateley Bridge Main Car Park Grid Reference: SE 158 655
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 1,300 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: A  dry sunny day with little cloud.

8 walkers set out from the main car park, passing through Pateley Bridge with a heading towards Skrikes Wood passing the disused quarry and an old Ice House set high on the rock formation. We followed a good path taking us to our coffee stop at Yorke’s Folly, a twin tower formation completed in the local stone. We continued our route crossing the top of Guise Cliff on to Harewell Hall. Crossing a footbridge we followed a length of the River Nidd eventually leaving it for a point at Smelthouses and a lunch stop.
Onward after lunch we headed towards Brimham Moor and the area of Brimham Rocks. We headed North and passed through the rocks past the tea shed and visitors centre. After leaving the Rocks we headed towards North Pasture Farm on through the farmland crossing 4 stiles to reach Fell Beck at a ford and footbridge crossing signposted Nidderdale Way. Onwards to Wilsill on the Nidderdale Way passing the Llama Farm. Still following The Nidderdale Way we passed Rock House and Blazefield following steeply downwards, we continued on past the Methodist Church for a panorama walk back down into Pateley Bridge.  

Looking back to the start

Into Skrikes Wood

Up to the Ice House

Yorkes Folly coffee stop

Guise Cliff

Tim Peake calling

By the River Nidd

The Nidd

Coffee stop

Meet at the stile

Brimham Rocks

A Rock

A view from a rock

Viewing the rocks

Not too close it might fall over

Downhill home

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