Sunday, 20th January 2008


Walk: Embsay, Embsay, Eastby, Upper Barden Reservoir, Burnsall & Thorpe Fell, Cracoe Obelisk, Rylstone Cross, Embsay Reservoir
Start Point: Embsay car park Grid Ref: SE 009 538
Distance:  12 miles Ascent:  2,600 feet
Weather: Mist and rain for most of the day
Accompanied by:

Ray (leader), Marie, Phil, Eric, David, Brian, Sheila

Comments: After leaving Eastby the first half of the walk was on tracks created for grouse shooting. This became rather tedious after a while. In the second half of the walk there were some interesting rock formations and the terrain was more varied. We dropped out of the mist as we approached Embsay reservoir but we were almost back by then.


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By the time we reached the grouse butts on Embsay Moor we were in mist and rain - the order of the day


A very choppy Upper Barden Reservoir . . .


with brackish, brown water surging down the spillways . . .


from all directions before . . .


before tumbling down Barden Beck on the way to Lower Barden Reservoir


The first derelict building still boasts a solid looking chimney . . .


and the second building is even more substantial - but no shelter here!


The wall provided welcome shelter from the wind - but very, very wet underfoot


Unusual rock formations provide a good lunch spot - anyone spot the rabbit?


We can just see the obelisk on the other side of the wall


The swollen waters rushing down from the moor . . .


make for a tricky crossing

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