|Walk:||Embsay, Eastby Gate, Upper Barden Reservoir, Burnsall & Thorpe Fell, Cracoe Obelisk, Rylstone Cross, Crookrise Crag Top, Embsay Reservoir|
|Start Point:||Embsay car park||Grid Ref:||SE 009 538|
|Distance:||12.1 miles||Ascent:||2,000 feet|
|Weather:||Sunny all day with very little breeze|
9 members of the group, led by Ray
|Comments:||Having done this route previously in mist it
was good to see all the sights. The walking was mainly on shooting
tracks and field paths, with some rocky sections in between. Ray set a
brisk pace as we enjoyed the good weather and identified surrounding
hills and villages. hearing a loud drumming sound above us we managed to
see a Great Spotted Woodpecker but couldn't capture it on camera. Later
in the day I was fortunate to get a shot of a well-camouflaged lizard
scurrying through the undergrowth.
Check out the previous walk on 20th January 2008 to see the contrast in the conditions.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
The weather looks promising as we gather in the car park . . .
and head onto the moors past the grouse butts
A couple of Canada Geese enjoy the sun . . .
on Upper Barden Reservoir
A well-tended house - in the middle of nowhere!
A coffee stop is taken next to an unnamed reservoir . . .
with its own overflow
Cracoe Obelisk - War Memorial . . .
with great views down to Cracoe . . .
and a prominent lookout post for John and Tony
Then it's off to Rylstone Cross . . .
spotting a lizard along the way
Rylstone Cross which was, evidently, erected to commemorate Waterloo and used to bear the date 1815 in large and clear figures . . .
but was replaced by the present cross in 1995
Looking back to the Cracoe Obelisk
The rocks around the cross provide the perfect spot for lunch . . .
and John finds the best vantage point - again!
Crookrise Crag Top . . .
where Tony takes it easy . . .
and John inspects the rocks . . .
Continuing on . . .
we make our way down to . . .
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