Thursday, 24th May 2012


Walk: Kettlewell, Hag Dyke, Great Whernside, Nidd Head, Hem Gill Shaw, Starbotton Road, Starbotton, Dales Way, Kettlewell
Start Point: Kettlewell car park Grid Ref: SD 967 722
Distance: 11.8 miles Ascent: 2,100 feet
Weather: Sunny and hot with little wind
Comments: Leaving Kettlewell past the church I took the higher route parallel to Dowber Gill Beck to reach Hag Dyke. The route climbed gradually at first then more steeply to reach the trig point and cairn of Great Whernside, a jumble of boulders and rocky outcrop. From here I headed north past Blackfell Top and Nidd Head to reach the crossing of routes on the col. Turning south west I followed the path across Hem Gill Shaw, initially a good path but rather boggy in its later stages. There was a good parking area where the path crossed the minor road from Kettlewell. The raised earthen wall of Tor Dike made a good vantage point for lunch before continuing along Starbotton Road (track) and into Starbotton. After crossing the River Wharfe I followed the Dales Way back into Kettlewell and enjoyed a well-earned ice cream!


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Kettlewell Church


Bridge over Dowber Gill Beck


Looking back to Kettlewell with Middlesmoor Pasture behind


Looking up Dowber Gill Beck towards Providence Pot


The way is well signposted


Too hot for the cows to do anything more than just stand still!


Hag Dyke, which has served as a hostel for scouts and youth groups . . .


since 1947


Reaching Great Whernside . . .


with its cairn and trig point . . .


and good views over the valley


At least there are lots of rocks to balance the camera on


Shelter and rocks at Blackfell Top


Angram and Scar House Reservoirs


Tor Dike, traditionally thought to have been built in the 1st century AD to stem the encroachment of invading Romans . . .


but more recent ideas suggest a later date when the Angles began colonising the valleys


Descending to Starbotton


New Bridge at Kettlewell

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