Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Darnbrook Fell (624m)

Darnbrook Fell (624m)

Trig Point: SD 885 728
Walked: 25th May 2010
Distance: 14 km (8.75 miles)
Start / Finish: Litton, Littondale, Yorkshire Dales
Time taken: 5 hours
Weather: Low cloud base (550 metres), cold (8 degrees) but dry. Poor visibility.
Height gain: 410 metres
Summit Cairn: 624 metres
Map: OL30

Route: From Litton, I followed the old track across Dawson Close to join the unfenced moorland road in the shadow of Pen y Ghent. I followed this road for a short distance before turning off along the Pennine Way steeply up into the summit plateau of Fountains Fell. From this summit plateau I turned NE alongside the stone wall across the summit plateau (E side of the wall) and followed this to reach a gate in this wall at SD 872 721. I then followed the wall NE down into the saddle between Fountains Fell and Darnbrook Fell then up to reach a wall junction just to the NW of the Trip Point. I then walked to the Trig Point. From the Trig Point, I followed the fence/wall WNW (N side of the fence/wall) and followed this N down across Cow Close to re-join the Dawson Close track at SD 887 742, which I then followed back down into Litton. Open Access Land from Fountains Fell to Dawson Close - there are gates in the walls across Fountains Fell, Darnbrook Fell and Cow Close - do not climb the walls. OL30 map required for this walk.

Photos of the walk

These photos are in order, and the files are named. Copyright Mark Reid 2010

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Buckden Pike - 702m

Buckden Pike (702m)

Trig Point: SD 961 788
Walked: 11th May 2010
Stgart / Finish: Buckden, Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales
Distance: 13 km (8 miles)
Time taken: 4 hours
Weather: Snow showers on the summit, with occasional sunny spells; surprisingly cold, reasonable visibility between the showers.
Height gain: 470 metres
Summit Cairn: 702 metres
Map: OL30

Route: From Buckden, clear track (Buckden Rake) leads up onto shelf of land above Cray (Roman road) before clear path slants steadily up across Buckden Out Moor to reach the summit, with a final short but steep climb. From the summit, our route follows the right-hand side of the wall along the top of the broad summit ridge to reach the RAF war memorial, from where it is a short walk to join Walden Road (bridleway). This grassy path/track leads steadily down above the deep and dramatic ravine of Cam Gill Beck all the way into Starbotton in Wharfedale - this is a superb descent. Delightful riverside path (Dales Way) leads all the way back to Buckden. OL30 map required for this walk.

Photos of the walk
These photos are in order, and the files are named. Copyright Mark Reid 2010