||Black Hill, High Crag,
Eastby Gate, Embsay Crag, Crookrise Crag Top,
Cracoe Obelisk, Burnsall & Thorpe Fell, Barden Moor,
Lower Barden Reservoir
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||The group walk was cancelled
due to the great North Swim which would have made
travelling very difficult. Instead, Ian, Karen and I
headed to Embsay to try out a route taking in Rylstone
Cross and Cracoe Obelisk. Walking in a clockwise
direction we made our way first to Embsay Crag where we
stopped for elevenses. After crossing to Crookwise Wood
we climbed to Crookwise Crag top where we climbed over
the wall (via the stile) to visit the trig point.
Continuing in a northerly direction we crossed Waterfall
Gill to reach Rylstone Cross, the ideal spot for lunch.
Information about the cross can be found below. Walking
beside the wall we made our way on to Cracoe Obelisk, a
war memorial. The route followed the wall to Bartle Crag
then continued on shooters tracks to Upper and Lower
Barden Reservoirs. A short stretch then took us back to
Rylstone Cross was originally a large stone in the form
of a man and was known as 'The Stone Man'. A wooden
cross was erected on the top of the stone pillar to
commemorate 'The Peace of Paris', the date on the back
is 1885 and the initials DD and TB which are carved on
it signify the Duke of Devonshire and T. Broughton, who
was land agent to the Duke. The wooden structure has
been renewed several times, the last occasion being
after the severe winter of 1947. The present cross was
rebuilt in 1997.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
Climbing from the road . . .
we soon reach the trig point and cairn on High
Embsay with Skipton in the distance
Embsay Crag . . .
which can be easily reached from Embsay
Ian and Karen take in the views . . .
down to Embsay Reservoir
Ian and Karen . . . .
and me at Crookrise Crag Top
Another group arrive just as we leave
Hellifield Crag . . .
which leads down to . . .
Heading towards . . .
Rylstone Cross . . .
where there are views across to Cracoe Obelisk . .
and zooming in
Cracoe Obelisk . . .
where I take in the views
Nearby rocks provide a different vantage point . .
and views across to Upper Barden Reservoir
Feed 'em before !!!!!!!
The house on the moor . . .
all locked up . . .
Lower Barden Reservoir
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