Sunday, 29th October 2017

Walk: Polish Airmen’s Memorial, Hamblethorpe, Farnhill Moor, Cocklick Hill, Moor Gate, Jenkin, Middleborough, Snow Hill Farm, Skipton Moor, Horse Close Farm, Low Snaygill.
Start Point: Matthew Lane CP, Low Bradley Grid Reference: SE 000 482 
Distance: 9.85 miles Ascent: 1,115 feet
Time: 5.75 hours
Weather: Wonderful! Clear blue skies for most of the walk. Cool northerly winds, but not as cool as expected. Great visibility.
Comments: Leader plus 12 walkers.
The profusion of high step-over stone stiles was a test for our collective agility! Fortunately, they were in good repair. The walk was a mix of canal, fields and moorland paths and tracks. When inspecting the Polish Airmen’s Memorial a passing bargee pointed us towards the huge depression in the neighbouring field where the Wellington bomber HZ251 had crashed.

We headed south along the Leeds to Liverpool Canal to the Polish Airmen's Memorial

The Polish Airmen's Memorial was unveiled 10 years ago and was a local resident's initiative

The crater created by the impact of Wellington Bomber HZ251 is clearly visible near Hamblethorpe Swing Bridge

The last part of the ascent onto Farnhill Moor

Coffee break by the Jubilee Tower on Farnhill Moor

View across the Aire Valley to Cononle

Tractors on parade at Moor Gate Farm

Lunch near Jenkin

The hawthorn had lost its leaves but retained its berries giving it a red sheen

Jim found his farm

Heading across Skipton Moor towards Back Plantation

Conference on Skipton Moor

There was still plenty of gorse in flower

Following an old packhorse trail across Skipton Moor

Looking down across Skipton

Dramatic cloud and light as we headed back towards the Aire Valley

Descending towards Horse Close Farm

Carving on a barge

We knew the leader took no prisoners

Returning to Low Bradley

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