Saturday, 27th October 2012


Walk: Upper Winskill, Catrigg Force, Stainforth, Stainforth Force, Hargreaves Barn, Smearsett Scar, Pot Scar, Feizor, Giggleswick Scar, Stackhouse
Start Point: Langcliffe car park Grid Ref: SD 823 651
Distance: 10.5 miles Ascent: 2,000 feet
Weather: Intermittent sun with a very cold wind Time: 3 hours
Comments: A sunny but cold day had been forecast so I decided on another visit to Smearsett Scar. As expected, with a few days of dry weather Catrigg Force had less water in it than on previous visits. After following the track to Stainforth we found that the stepping stones had a rather large gap to navigate so opted for the bridge instead. It was then on to Stainforth Force where salmon may be seen jumping up the waterfall - but not today. Although there was a very cold wind on exposed sections, the intermittent sun made for very pleasant walking as we made our way across Smearsett Scar and for the return by Giggleswick Scar.

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Ribble Valley from Dicks ground Plantation


The North Craven Fault, a major tear in the earth's crust, runs through Stainforth


and this has led to the development of two spectacular waterfalls.


At Catrigg Force the stream plunges 6 metres over a single drop into a narrow rocky gorge.


Sheila checks out the stepping stones


St Peter's Church, Stainforth, a Grade II listed building


At Stainforth Force, the second of the two waterfalls mentioned above . . . 


the Ribble tumbles over a series of cascades where salmon can be seen leaping
on their final journey up river to their spawning grounds . . .


but none were seen today


Just above Stainforth Force a former monastic road crosses the Ribble on a bridge
that was built in 1675 by Samuel Watson, owner of Knight Stainforth Hall.


To preserve the bridge for the future, it was given to the National Trust in 1931.


Sheila takes a break on Smearsett Scar . . .


from where we can see Pen-y-Ghent (left) and Fountains Fell (right)


A precarious spot . . .


for a lunch time snack . . .


but this sheep seems quite unconcerned


Pen-y-Ghent looks quite different from this angle


Looking back to Smearsett Scar . . .


with a few people at the summit


Pot Scar


Feizor water feature


Autumn colour as we approach Stackhouse . . .


and again


Then the sun highlights this tree


A novel weather forecasting station


The village green in Langcliffe

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