Elslack 26-04-2017 – Leader Judy

Elslack 26-04-2017 – Leader Judy

18 gathered for the walk, which started in a cool wind, but it soon warmed up, with lots of sunshine giving clear long distance views – oh, and there was the odd bit of hail.

We set off northwards, heading down across Elslack Moor and through the woods to Elslack Reservoir, and from there past Stories House down into Elslack. We then went up Church Lane, crossing the Roman Road and the dismantled railway track, turning sharp right at the Rectory.  Coffee was taken against a wall facing Ridge Hill, with care to avoid the newly growing nettles!  We then crossed farm fields heading eastwards, gently climbing to Banner Hill, which not only provided 360 degree views in the brilliant sunshine for relatively little climb, but also a recently erected circle of stone pillars.  Graham thought these may be linked to the Broughton Hall Estate (photos on their website confirm this but give no explanation) with each pillar apparently representing family members over the generations.  More farmland was crossed in fantastic countryside to reach Carleton-in-Craven, where lunch was taken by a tributary of the River Aire, where we saw a small domestic scale electricity-generating water wheel. We then climbed in a south westerly direction, with a couple of steep dips down and up to cross the streams, to Gawthorpe House. After crossing Herd Stock Hill, we descended to pick up the Pennine Way, which we followed back to the cars via Robert Wilson’s grave, Pinhaw Beacon and Cripple Hole Hill.

John gave us some information about Robert Wilson and Arnold found the following: “Robert Wilson was the chief beacon guard at Pinhaw in 1805. He and his two helpers had a small hut near the beacon, where they stayed in readiness to provide a warning should Napoleon invade.  During the winter of 1804/05 they were snowbound and ran out of provisions, whereupon Robert volunteered to try and reach Moor Side Farm to replenish them.  He set off, but was never seen alive again.  A stone with an inscription was erected on the spot where he was found, but whether this is his actual burial site is a mystery.”

Refreshments were taken at the recently opened ‘Humble Pie’ in Earby, which met our needs very well.  There was plenty of discussion about the origins of the term humble pie in our car after.  According to Wikipedia, the name derives from umble pie, which was a pie filled with the chopped or minced parts of a beast’s ‘pluck’ – the heart, liver, lungs or ‘lights’ and kidneys, especially of deer but often other meats. Umble evolved from numble, (after the French nomble) meaning ‘deer’s innards’.

Distance – 9.83 miles, ascent 1580 feet / 481 metres – see the highly unusual route profile here.

Write up – Judy, pics – Roger

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


  1. Great walk Judy, it’s an area I’ve driven past many times but never explored like this well done.
    Regarding the ‘Butterbur’ question, it seems the large leaves were used in the past for wrapping butter hence the name. Nearly right then!

  2. A superb walk Judy, with the most amazing views. Thank you for taking us to an area new to us. Excellent photos Roger. Wishing Ann and Steve speedy recoveries and look forward to having them back walking with us.

  3. Graeme A.

    Excellent walk – thanks Judy.

    Great work on the photos Roger.

  4. Thanks Judy. Brilliant walk today. Really enjoyed it 🙂

  5. arnolds

    Well done, Judy, on a brilliant walk. I could have stayed all day by the stone circle with the wonderful views therefrom, which Roger captured so well.

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