Burnsall 13-09-2017 – Leader Derek

Burnsall 13-09-2017 – Leader Derek

Against a dismally wet weather forecast, the weather today was beautifully sunny, apart from half an hour or so of heavy rain when we stopped for lunch.  This allowed us to view the magnificent Dales scenery around Burnsall at its brightest and best, so the 22 brave people who turned out today were amply rewarded for their courage.  From the village, Derek led us over the bridge across the swollen River Wharfe, past a cleverly named memorial bench, and then along the bank of the river on the Dales Way.  The water was lapping onto the path at times, and seeing the sheer power of the river here today, it was easy to imagine how awful Hurricane Irma must have been.  Our coffee break was taken overlooking the river.

Continuing, we left the river bank at Howgill and headed north east on Howgill Lane before coming off and crossing Blands Beck at High Skyreholme.  Hanging a left here, we came to Simon Seat Cottage, with a rather splendid two piece suite in stone, together with what looked very much like a pizza oven.  Certainly there was enough wood to fire it up!  Heading north from here, we passed Parcevall Hall Gardens, which apparently feature unusual specimens from around the world, many collected from Western China and the Himalayas.  From here we entered a quite lovely valley, with Skyreholme Beck running at the bottom, and limestone scenery at the head of the valley.  This was where we stopped for lunch, with rain beating down upon us.

After lunch we headed briefly towards nearby Troller’s Gill, but John did a recce and said it was too wet and slippery to be attempted today, so we skirted round it to the west, ascending Middle Hill past a disused mine adit.  As we continued to climb north, the views opened up splendidly, with excellent visibility.  We turned left on the road past Grimwith Reservoir and over Dibbles Bridge, before turning south over Appletreewick Pasture.  Although not a patch on Kelbrook Moor last week, it was pretty soggy, so we had to pick our way rather carefully!  After that it was plain sailing along Kall Lane to retrace our outward route from Burnsall.  Refreshments were pleasantly and efficiently taken at the Old School House Tea Room at Hebden,  ending an absolutely lovely day, thanks to Derek.  Thanks also to Roger for some cracking and artistic photos with our new waterproof camera, and to David for some additional pics.

(Write up Arnold, pics Roger F, with contributions from David H. Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.


  1. It just goes to show that weather forecasts can be so wrong. Lovely sun for most of the time highlighting the magnificent scenery. Thanks Derek for a good bracing walk. Excellent photos Roger and excellent write up Arnold.

  2. Thanks again Arnold for the report, and this time Rodger for the photographs. Thanks also to my assistant ‘Honest John’ for his assistance both on the day, and in doing a recce of the descent from Simon’s Seat.

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