Sunday, 14th December 2010

 

Walk: Ickornshaw, Wood House, Lane Ends Bridge, West Closes, Glusburn Bridge, Jack Field Lane, Lund's Tower, Wainman's Pinnacle, Hitching Stone, Close Lane, Pennine Way
Start Point: Holy Trinity Church, Ickornshaw Grid Ref: SD 967 430
Distance: 8.4 miles Ascent: 1,370 feet
Weather: A dull day with a cold breeze at times
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: The beginning of the route had to be changed as the Bridge Mill Bridge across Gill Beck needs replacing - a couple of locals told me that it was damaged at least two years ago and that it will cost 235,000 to replace!!! After walking through fields and along a farm track I headed down to Glusburn Bridge. From here I took the direct route up Jack Field Lane and on to Lund's Tower with its spiral staircase of 39 steps giving access to a small viewing platform. The tower was constructed by James Lund of Malsis Hall either to celebrate the birth of his daughter Ethel or the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria (1887). It was the perfect place to stop for morning coffee before continuing across the gritstone edge to Wainman's Pinnacle. This was erected either by Lady Amcotts in memory of her husband, one of the Wainman family, or by Richard Wainman to mark the Battle of Waterloo (1815).

From here I headed south to the Hitching Stone, a gigantic cube of gritstone estimated to weigh around 1,000 tons, and considered to be the largest detached boulder in Yorkshire. From here I had hoped to continue south to meet the Pennine Way but the terrain was too rough so I made my way past grouse butts to join a path to Long Hell End. From here it was a short walk down Close Way to join the Pennine Way and walk back into Ickornshaw.

 

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Earl Crag with Lund's tower on the left and Wainman's Pinnacle on the right

 

Glusburn from the route up to Lund's Tower

 

Lund's Tower from the quarry

 

The entrance to Lund's Tower . . .

 

leads up the 39 steps to the viewing platform

 

from where you can check out the route across Earl Crag with the moors to the south (left)

 

and Ickornshaw in the valley,

 

the view down to Glusburn

 

Approaching Wainman's Pinnacle . . .

 

with Ickornshaw to the right

 

The Pinnacle stands on a huge gritstone outcrop . . .

 

with views back across to Lund' Tower

 

The Hitching Stone . . .

 

legend has it that the stone originally stood on Rombald's Moor, in front of a witch's house . . .

 

and in a violent fit of rage she flicked - or 'hitched' the boulder across the valley . . .

 

to its present resting-place

 

A lonely Shetland pony

 

Holy Trinity Church with its own star . . .

 

and novel way of keeping the grass down!

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