Friday 25th February 2022
Crookrise Crag - SD 987 559 - 415m.
Well here it is. The completed spreadsheet with all 76 ticked off:
|Probably too small to read even with "click-to-enlarge" but shown just to indicate how I have managed this project|
As promised I rendezvoused with BC at the car park in Embsay so we could both indulge in some nostalgia visiting this final trig on OS Sheet 103, "Blackburn and Burnley." Crookrise Crag is a superb example of Yorkshire gritstone for climbing - I had only been there once before back in the 60s but BC had climbed there much more frequently.
We had a fabulous blue sky day so welcome after recent storms and foul weather. A footpath lead straight from the free car park in Embsay up to the church and then onto tracks to ascend Embsay Crag, our first objective. That crag dominates the village of Embsay and it was a stiff climb up to the summit. From there we had to descend and loose all our height before embarking on the more direct approach to Crookrise, but we had purposely devised our route to give us a decent five snd a half mile walk, and including Embsay crag was certainly worth the effort. That is a proper little mountain and our descent followed a lively, enchanting stream and ravine, the stream coming down with a fair force and sparkling in the bright sunshine - all good stuff.
As we progressed up the track to Crookrise we had views across to Deer Gallows Crag (SD 999 555) which is only depicted vaguely on the OS 1:25 but when seen it is a dramatic feature, the crag being split into two halves with substantial climbing options on all sides. BC reminisced with previously unheard anecdotes about his many visits to this area, and in particular a massive day when they climbed on all the other surrounding outcrops including Crookrise and Deer Gallows. I was pleased that BC had come along to re-live all that.
From the trig we tried to descend so we could walk back along the bottom of the climbing crags but we failed to find any path or reasonable way down and spent some time up and down on steeply wooded slopes strewn with boulders and heather. Eventually we went back onto the top and then further on, along our return route we found a stile and path that lead down to one of the major climbing buttresses. I think BC was regretting not having brought his climbing gear as we had a good look at this immaculate rock and then climbed back out then descend returning to Embsay around the western side of Embsay Reservoir.
This had been a splendid day out and a worthy finale to this trig point campaign. Having said that I am looking forward to driving north rather than south for more day walks on the edges of the Yorkshire Dales.
|Embsay crag, a proper little mountain - it dominates the village of Embsay|
|View from Embsay Crag summit. Our return route was round the far edge of the reservoir|
|From Embsay Crag. Our trig is atop the centre skyline. We had to descend and then climb back out. A cross country route on pathless moorland was discussed and discarded|
|Enchanting lively stream and ravine on our descent|
|Looking back at our descent from Embsay Crag|
|Trying to find a way back down to the crags proper|
|Zoom to Deer Gallows, over half a mile away|
|Down at one of the proper climbing buttresses|
|BC regrets not bringing his climbing gear|
|I'm working on the meaning of the additional (V.C.) I have a source but awaiting a reply*|
|1800 ft. of ascent !|
VC stands for "Voluntary Controlled"
There are two types of C of E (often abbreviated by LEAs to CE) school: Voluntary Aided (VA), and Voluntary Controlled (VC).
VA schools are those where the bare majority (often 7 out of 12) governors are appointed by the C of E (parish and diocese working together), whereas VC schools are those where the C of E has about a quarter of the governors. As the governors appoint staff and decide the style of daily worship, they directly affect the character of the school. It is an oddity that the term "Controlled" turns out to be deceptive as the church does not control a VC school, whereas it does a VA school. For the privilege of being a VA school, the church has to pay directly for 10% of maintenance costs (building and repairs) of the building.
All this was set out in the 1944 Education Act, but with many amendments (including many subsequent Education Acts) since then.
Obviously my answer cannot be very accurate since I have been out of it all for nearly eight years, but what I have stated above is still applicable.
All good wishes,