|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|
|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
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