Sunday, 12th November 2017

Walk: Warrendale Knotts, Sugar Loaf Hill, Stockdale Lane, Hoober Edge, Long Lane, Malham Cove, Limestone Pavement, Watlowes, Langscar Gate, Pennine Bridleway
Start Point: Langcliffe car park Grid Reference: SD 823 651 
Distance: 14 miles Ascent: 3,150 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: Sunny with a cold wind
Comments:

5 members joined me for this bracing walk across the fells. Whilst recent rain had left some very boggy sections there were no difficulties in avoiding them - due mainly to having changed the original route. As it was Remembrance Sunday we found a spot for our morning break in good time to observe the two minutes silence. A good day was had by all.

Looking down on Langcliffe . . .

and Settle as they bask in the sun

The cave opening can just be seen behind the group . . .

and the leader tries it out for size

A compact fern hides at the back of the cave

Warrendale Knotts makes a good background for the group on Sugar Loaf Hill

Looking back down Stockdale Lane . . .

and across to Malham Tarn

After crossing Malham Beck . . .

the group chairman tries out the pose

We avoid the popular route to reach Malham Cove . . .

and looking carfeully for the three dots just right of centre . . .

we spot a climber and two helpers

Lunch is taken in the shelter of the limestone outcrop . . .

beside the famous limestone pavement . . .

where a tiny geranium flourishes in the shelter of the gryke

A steep climb takes us up Watlowes

Returning along the Pennine Bridleway . . .

Pen-y-Ghent comes into view

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