Sunday, 8th October 2017

Walk: Upper Barden Reservoir, Lower Barden Reservoir, Bolton Abbey Priory, Middle Hare Head
Start Point: Car park at roadside Grid Reference: SE 037 553
Distance: 16 miles Ascent: 1,850 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: Warm and sunny

6 of us set off, in fine warm weather, across Barden Moor to Upper Barden Reservoir and on to Gill Beck Head where we stopped for 11’s. From here we climbed up to a prominent boundary stone high on the horizon. As we climbed we stopped to observe a red kite which was circling above. 

It was now mainly downhill as we set off skirting Nelly Park Wood before reaching Lower Barden Reservoir. We pressed on passing Barden Tower remains before crossing the River Wharfe at Barden Bridge. We followed the river to Bolton Abbey Priory then cut through Westy Bank Wood before climbing over Middle Hare Head back to our cars.

Lower Barden Reservoir

Looking across to Simon's Seat

The sky brightens and it becomes much warmer

The junction to Upper Barden Reservoir. Good to see the no cycling sign!

We drop down to the reservoir . . .

from where there were great views up to Cracoe Fell

We passed Upper Barden reservoir before stopping for a break

Not quite Goa but almost as warm!

All the heather was very brown

Group shot at the county stone

Barden Tower

We cross the river at Barden Bridge

A fine spot for lunch by the river

Looking down through the woods to the river

We arrive at Bolton Abbey

A closer view

We are soon on Middle Hare Head heading for our cars in the distance

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