Sweet Hill, Hill End, Highgate Leys Lane (Track), Dales Way, Kettlewell,
Moor End, Starbotton, Starbotton Cam Road, Starbotton Road
||Leyburn Road lay-by
||SD 986 757
||Overcast in the morning and
brightening up later
||Having seen the parking area on my previous
walk in this area I thought it would be a good place to start a similar
walk. However, the road out of Kettlewell is very steep with a couple of
very tight hairpin bends on narrow roads - not to be recommended! Having
already climbed quite a distance on the road it was an easy walk to
Great Whernside - the rest of the climb would come at the end of the
walk. From Great Whernside I headed south to make my way along the fence
line over Sweet Hill, past Hill End and down to join the Dales Way.
Unfortunately there was a large area of peat bog that had to be
circumnavigated but the grassy terrain that followed made up for it. The
meadows along the Dales Way heading into Kettlewell were a delight.
Leaving Kettlewell I took the high route to Starbotton via Moor End. It
was quite a climb at this point in the walk but the views were
fantastic. After descending to Starbotton and crossing the River Wharfe
the climb started again, but not quite so steep this time, just rather
long. Another pleasant grassy track made short work of the last section
back to the car.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
A good Track leads up to . . .
Blackfell Crags . . .
and on to . . .
An unusually shaped cairn highlights the way to . . .
a larger cairn and the path beside the fence - the peat bogs come later!
Descending Highgate Leys Lane . . .
and through the trees to join the Dales Way
Scargill House . . .
a Christian holiday conference centre
Delightful meadows on the Dales Way
The River Wharfe from the bridge in Kettlewell
Wharfedale from the climb . . .
and looking back to Kettlewell
Moor End is deserted but not in bad condition - just difficult to get to
Wharfedale and Starbotton
Crossing back over the River Wharfe
Almost back at the car, looking down Fears Gill Beck
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