Feizor 14-5-2017 Leader – Gill

Feizor 14-5-2017 Leader – Gill

The last time the Rossendale Ramblers met here, it was in fog, but today the day was bright and breezy and ideal conditions for the walk.

We were pleased to see Ann back with us,  Zoe joined us for the second time having first walked with us on Arnold’s Tottington short walk, and it was lovely to welcome Michelle as a complete newbie to our group.

We set off across the fields towards Austwick, with Rosemary and Ann taking the stile-less Pennine Bridle Way to join us a short while later.  Heading up and out of Austwick, past Austwick Hall we stopped to view a yellow tree peony, then wandered our way across fields, with views of Norber Erratics, for a brew stop on Crummack Lane.

Picking up the Dales High Way for a short distance, we were soon back on grassy paths from Crummack to Beggar’s Stile on the edge of Moughton Scars.  There is a large expanse of limestone pavement on top of the scars, and it was difficult to look at the views, but views we had – Ingleborough behind, glorious Crummackdale to our right and Pen y ghent in front. We were pleased that the strong breeze was blowing us on to the scars, but it was a little chilly, and the wind was in our faces as we came down the track. We hunkered behind a wall for lunch.

It was a straightforward route past Studrigg Scar to the hamlet of Wharfe and we could see the bluebells on the hillside near Wharfe Wood. But it wasn’t just bluebells when we got there – apart from the families out enjoying the sun and the flowers, we saw orchids, primroses, wood anemones, oxslips, cowslips, geums, potentillas, strawberries, wood sorrel and aquilegia.

The owlets I saw there 2 weeks ago had flown their nest, but all in all, a fabulous day with a fantastic ‘up’ near the end.

As Elaine’s closed at 4.30, I chopped off 2 miles from my original walk plan – and we arrived at the tea room in plenty of time for a brew.

(Write up Gill. pics Tom)

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

3 Comments

  1. Diana

    Lovely walk, beautiful Bluebells. Some of us also learnt how to differentiate between Oxlips and Cowslips. Its all in the teats! Don’t ask!

  2. Rosemary

    A great day out in the Yorkshire Dales. Thanks to Gill and Tom.

  3. Arnold

    Well done, both – excellent pics & write up. Looks as though you had a lovely day.

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