Sunday, 16th September 2018

Walk: Gisburn Forest,  Whelp Stone Crag,  Holden Moor, Studford Gill, Melling Dab.
Start Point: Tosside Car Park, £1 Donation Box Grid Reference: SD 769 560 
Distance: 8.5 miles Ascent: 850 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: A  wet start with drizzle and mist until lunch. Clear afternoon.

8 walkers set out from Tosside Car Park. The rain was heavy with virtually no visibility, so it was Hoods up and Heads down as we made our way out of the village along the access road into Gisburn Forrest. Following this route for about 2.5 miles we were soon deep into the Forest and heading to our coffee stop at Hindley Head, where we took shelter in a disused barn. On through the Forest taking part of the Cycleway path system to start our ascent to the Trig Point on Whelp Stone Crag. Not the best of views as the mist still shrouded the area making any views impossible. Down from the Crag we headed across Holden Moor and a break at Lower Brayshaw for our lunch stop. By this time the weather had cleared and the rain stopped giving us the chance to see views across to Settle and beyond. With the day now clear and a sunshine prospect for the return home to Tosside we headed to Studford Gill and some farmland footpaths. Making our way to Snape House and Dam Head Barn the route took us on to Melling Dab and across farmland to reach the B6478 road and the last leg into Tosside.  Thanks to Richard for getting us round with a great day's walk despite the weather.

A rainy start

Tosside Memorial

Out of the village

The forest mist

The forest pathway

Whelp Stone Crag

Trig on Whelp Stone

Heading to Holden Moor

The skies clear

Lunch stop

Between Skipton and Slaidburn

Heading back

A difficult stile to finish

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