Holgates Kilnsey Moor 02-08-2017 ~ Leader Glyn

Holgates Kilnsey Moor 02-08-2017 ~ Leader Glyn

I would like to say what a difference a week makes, but that would certainly not be true! Twenty-four brave souls assembled near Conistone in Wharfedale, under leaden skies with light rain descending. The weather forecast promised heavy rain ~ super! We were all full of anticipation as this was the first walk to be led by Glyn. He has been practising with his local U3A group, and has participated in a recent Ramblers map reading course, so we were all confident that we would return to our cars whilst there was still daylight. Numerous members had fired warning shots over by bow, and told me that I must be generous and kind to Glyn when writing this report ~ wot me, I am always generous and kind! Several of us were slightly amazed that Jennifer had condescended to join us ~ so the rumour that she never walks in the rain is ill-founded!

After the group photo on the bridge we all set off in the direction of Kilnsey, passing Kilnsey Park Estate, where we were to visit later for tea and cakes. Kilnsey was the site of a grange of Fountains Abbey, established by the end of the 12th century. The grange will have functioned as an administrative centre for the monks’ large-scale sheep-farming activity. The area used to accommodate the flocks of sheep, is now the site for the annual ‘Kilnsey Show’, which first took place 1897 ~ Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee year. This year’s show, which is always the day after the late August Bank Holiday weekend, takes place on Tuesday 29th August. For what it is worth, if you ever decide to visit an agricultural show, then in my opinion this is the one to go to.

As we walked up towards Mastiles Lane we passed Kilnsey Old Hall, which was built/restored in 1648. Glyn informed us that Lady Anne Clifford regularly stayed here, probably whilst on her travels between Skipton and Penrith. Lady Anne was a formidable woman who, on the death of her husband George, took on the establishment to inherit her husband’s estate. The Earl, a favourite at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, died in 1605 when Lady Anne was fifteen years old. He left the Clifford estates not to Lady Anne, his only surviving heir, but to his brother Francis, who became fourth Earl of Cumberland. Though Lady Anne petitioned for the return of the Clifford lands for decades, it was not until the death of Francis in 1643, that Charles 1 agreed to let Anne finally inherit estates in Westmorland and Yorkshire. At the time, King Charles needed friends up-north, and Anne could deliver them! On her tour of the region she found that many of her castles were in ruins and her estates in need of repair. She wasted no time in rebuilding her castles at Skipton, Appleby and Brougham, as well as repairing neighbouring churches and settling long-running disputes with her tenants. The route taken is the basis of ‘Lady Ann’s Way’, which was established in 1995, and is about 96 miles long with approximately 3000 metres of ascent ~ another project for Jude and a reluctant (?) Joe!

Elevenses were taken as we reached the highest point on Mastiles Lane. Glyn set a terrific pace, which certainly took my breath away ~ we climbed just over 240 metres in two miles at a rate, according to my bit of kit, of 2.7 miles per hour. Never seen Glyn walk so fast ~ what did you give him for breakfast Jennifer, steroids? Rodger looked as I felt, shattered ~ see photo. After our short stop, we walked to Mastiles Gate, took a left towards Bordley House Farm, and then again took a left towards Height House, where we had lunch. Unfortunately the light rain, which we had been subjected to most of the morning, started to become heavier, and my camera was placed in protective custody. After lunch we headed off down a very picturesque valley down to Wood Lane. As we went up Hard Gate towards Malham Moor Lane, it started to really pour down, and the road resembled a water feature ~ not pleasant! As Glyn again decided to up the pace, I decided to keep Jennifer company at the back, and commiserate over the appalling weather conditions.

As we reached Mastiles Lane to drop back down to Kilnsey I picked up speed to ensure that I would claim my rightful place at the front of the queue in the café. Unbeknown to me ‘Honest John’ [who did not really know where he was] had been forewarned that we were to take a right and go back to our cars via Bow Bridge. When he did get round to telling me, we had missed the path, and had to trek back up the hill, much to the amusement and cheers from the rest of the group ~ okay, you got one over on me, but be warned, I might get my own back next Wednesday!!

As mentioned earlier, we took tea and cakes at Kilnsey Park Estate, where, despite adversities, I still managed to get in first and pre-warn a delightful young lady called Racheal of our impending arrival. The service received was both effective and efficient and the cakes superb ~ thanks. Throughout our visit Racheal referred to me as a ‘gentleman’ despite everyone trying to influence her to change her mind ~ shame on you all. Clearly, it takes a Yorkshire lady [I assume from God’s County?] to recognise the qualities of a gentleman from Yorkshire!

And finally; our table unanimously decided to give Glyn five stars out of five for his walk, and I for one am looking forward to his next offering. In addition, I would like to give Jennifer five stars out of five for back marking ~ wot a team! Perhaps at some time in the future, Jennifer will venture out again on a rainy day, you never know!

For those interested in the statistics, then according to me we walked at total of 10.21 ‘Garmin’ miles, with 527 metres of ascent. ‘Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, the mind moving. And movement is life.’ ~Terri Guillemets, and ‘It also gets you very wet!’ ~ Derek. 

(Report and photographs by Derek)

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


  1. Lovely walk confidently led, with great company and amusing write up. Shame summer took a break, but it was fun!

  2. Excellent and very amusing write up Derek. Thanks to all those who kept me company at the back. Thankfully the only people who got ‘lost’ were from the front of the group and not the back.

    • Now Jenny, don’t be cheeky! Nobody was ‘lost’ at the front! Just a bit misplaced as a consequence of communication difficulties!

  3. Rosemary

    Well done Glyn for leading your first walk. Everything went very well. We can’t blame you for the weather! We didn’t lose anyone so Jenny also played her part. Thanks Derek for your witty write up & photos.

  4. Well done to Glyn, and also to Derek for his informative write up and remarkably good pics in the circs. If it makes you feel any better, it was raining on me yesterday!

  5. Great write-up, thanks to Derek for doing it and thanks to everybody for turning out on what had been forecast to be very wet day.

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