Sunday, 18th February 2018

Walk:

Dowber Gill Beck, Providence Pot, Hag Dyke, Great Whernside, Blackfell Top, Tor Dike, Starbotton Road, Starbotton, River Wharfe, Dales Way

Start Point: Kettlewell Garage car park Grid Reference: SD 968 722 
Distance: 10.5 miles Ascent: 2,200 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: A dry day at the beginning and end of the walk but snow and mist at the higher levels
Comments:

With a reasonable forecast all looked well as we made our way out of Kettlewell along Dowber Gill Beck. However after passing Hag Dyke it became obvious that there would be no views today! As we climbed, the mist descended and the snow covering increased making the walking more difficult - hence the longer time taken to complete this walk. The fence line along the ridge provides a very useful hand rail as does the wall when it is time to descend. We eventually left the mist and snow behind as we descended to Starbotton to follow the River Wharfe back to Kettlewell.

Walking beside Dowber Gill Beck . . .

we followed a clear path . . .

leading into the gill . . .

from where we could see some snow on the ridge ahead

Keeping an eye on the water in the beck . . .

we passed dry sections . . .

where the water . . .

had moved underground

Providence Pot . . .

where pot-holers can access the caving system

Ready to leave the gill . . .

we stopped for elevenses as we reached the snow and mist

Approaching the summit we should have seen the rocks and trig point . . .

but we arrived before we could see it through the mist . . .

instead of the clear view taken on the recce

Pat, Robb and Tony checked out the trig point

There was lots more snow as we walked along the ridge . . .

from where Pen-Y-Ghent and Ingleborough can be seen on a clear day

Lots of snow against the wall . . .

but it was even deeper . . .

on the other side . . .

as Ian demonstrated

Time for lunch at a lower level - but still misty

until we reached Starbotton Cam Road

The group posed on the bridge . . .

across the River Wharfe

The Dales Way took us back to Kettlewell

Bird spotted on the way

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