On 17th October 2007 (pre blog) I was mopping up the last few of the trig points on OS Sheet 98. One of these was Smearsett Scar (SD 802 677.) I've just looked back at my journal. I must first of all register my current antipathy to blood-sports. Here is an extract from that day.
"I set off from the farm at the end of the road in Little Stainforth and had a chat with the farmer who let me park there. Conversation lead to me mentioning that my father had been secretary of the Airedale Beagles for twenty five years. The farmer told me they used to come onto his land, and they said they were there to "exercise the hares."
Smearsett Scar turned out to be a jewel of a mini mountain on that glorious October day similar to today's ascent. Despite preferring to seek new places to visit rather than repeating previous trips there are a few that I have a special feeling for meriting re-visits. Smearsett is a qualifier. My next visit was serendipitous, that is, it not being the main aim, but fortuitously turning out to be within ten minutes from the route of the Dales High Way which I backpacked in April 2010, and enjoyably made that small diversion, again in fine weather. From the Scar trig the Dales HW passes through the pretty village of Feizor, and since my original visit a café had opened there and gained a reputation for good food with people fully booking tables at weekends, but unfortunately it was closed. I have always had it in mind to go back and walk a circuit including the Scar with a visit to the café halfway round, and so it was today.
The café was open with a friendly welcome, a bacon butty and a pot of tea, and it lives up to its reputation.
Smearsett Scar was ascended with pleasure on the return leg, this time from the north.
|Limestone country, the old lanes, leading to green cropped turf - my favourite country - the Yorkshire Dales - scene of so many esrly adventures in my fomative years - all nostalgia.|
Next photo looking back down the same lane.
|I seem to be getting paranoid about gates. |
There may be more to come in the next couple of posts.
I think this one is competing for the Turner Prize.
|The now quite famous Elaine's Tearooms at Feizor|
|On Smearsett Scar ridge.|
The summit is behind the camera.
Feizor nestles down below the hump at the end of the ridge
|Smearsett Scar and Pen-y-Ghent ( a change from Ingleborough which seems to be photographed so often from locations near and far)|