Austwick 30-05-2018 – Leader Ursula

Austwick 30-05-2018 – Leader Ursula

Well, the wonderful days with Rossie Ramblers just keep coming, don’t they?  17 of us, including Graeme’s Jane (nice to see her, to see her nice!) had a superbly scenic walk today in this dramatic limestone area, with surreal views of Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent under the lowering clouds.  For the 8 of us who did not have to rush back, the day ended with a superb continental-style meal in the Game Cock Inn at Austwick – an inspired choice by Ursula for this, the first time we have had a meal after a summer walk.  The only thing missing was sunshine, but we will forgive Ursula for that.

The photographers did their best to record the day, and succeeded with the people side, but such scenery defeats the camera lens – only the eye can take it all in (well, maybe not Jenny’s until next week).  Yet the sheer scale of the landscape compared with the tiny figures in it shows up very well, as does the contrast between the grey and forbidding limestone – especially the huge Norber Erratics – and the green fields.

So, very briefly, we climbed gently westward from the pretty village of Austwick along the Pennine Bridleway before turning north, with Ingleborough ahead of us, and attacking the main climb of the day – about 300 feet to go past Ingleborough Cave and Thwaites Scars to our coffee stop at a little over 1000 feet.  The weather was relatively cool and breezy, and stayed like that all day, but it was good for walking.  Coffee over, we continued to climb north eastward along Long Scar, and thence to the edge of the astonishing Crummack Dale, at over 1200 feet.  I could look at that view all day, but Ursula chased us along past Thieve’s Moss to Sulber Nick, where we were exactly one week ago.  It was along here that we took our lunch, with a surreal view of Pen-y-ghent ahead of us.

Then it was south and east through some grouse butts, descending gently, until we reached a lovely clapper bridge, with a photo opportunity that David could not resist.  The only question was how many people the bridge would hold, as one corner of it had crumbled away!  Anyway, nobody fell in, so all was well.  Soon afterwards we reached the very impressive Norber erratics, huge rocks carried down by glaciers.  At this point some of the company split off to take a slightly shorter route back to Austwick, while the rest of us took a slightly longer route back via Robin’s Scar.  Many thanks to Ursula for a great day.

Write up Arnold, pics Jenny, David C & Arnold.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.

If you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

There is a link to the slideshow here.  You will need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show.

1 Comment

  1. Graeme Adlum

    Great walk on a very pleasant day.

    Followed by an excellent meal at the Game Cock.

    Thanks to Ursula for leading and organising the post walk meal.

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