I am filling in the gaps of the Dalesway, an LDP running 87 miles from Ilkley to Windermere. I have encountered various sections of this route over the years which has convinced me that it must be one of the best LDPs in the country, and I have decided to fill in the gaps with circular day walks. My last post introduced this campaign.
Reasons for my rating are several. Most of the route is on ancient established footpaths and tracks, rarely crossing cultivated fields, and having a welcome goal from the outset of following the River Wharfe to its pseudo source. Wharfedale is predominately limestone country and the Dalesway passes through many of the best parts, often crossing wild and remote areas largely unaltered. Many of the small villages fire the imagination with the old farm houses and buildings going back to the 1600s. Although a lot of the walk is through wild country, for someone wishing to backpack, camping and accommodation is plentiful all the way. Scenery changes all the time and there are endless points of interest along the way. Today's walk supported all this, and I make no apologies for including a larger number of photos than usual.
|There was no water running into this refreshment trough and the chained plastic mug was not encouraging|
|On the way to Nethergill|
|Oughtershaw Beck. This joins Greenfield Back at Beckermonds where I started this walk and the ongoing river becomes the Wharfe, so the latter does not have a source by definition.|
|Nethergill. At this point I was desperate for the loo. It was only about 8:45am. There was a sign at the end of this farm advertising drinks etc. but I didn't think it would be open, but I entered and found a modern room lavishly equipped as a field centre with toilets and DIY refreshment facilities. This is a privately developed facility in conjunction with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust CLICK FOR DETAILS|
What chance of finding a loo in the middle of nowhere when you need one eh?
|Swarthghyll farm on the distant hillside. They have bunkhouse accommodation|
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|Looking back down the Dalesway. Beckermonds where I started is back round the corner of the hill coming in from the right|
|Meeting of The Pennine Way, The Pennine Bridleway and the Dalesway.|
Shortly after this I left the Dalesway to complete my circular route.
|Ling Gill Bridge|
|Calf Holes. A well known pot-hole - nb the water disappearing down a vertical shaft|
|Looking down the shaft|
|Identifications please. The yellow looks more like a cultivated plant than wild?|
|Start finish - Beckermonds right centre - anti-clockwise - 13 miles. Ignore broad pink route|