Kettlewell 08-08-2018 – Leader Glyn

Kettlewell 08-08-2018 – Leader Glyn

22 arrived in Kettlewell and we were pleased to welcome 3 new Wednesday walkers – Susan from the Thursday evening walks, plus Jennifer and John who praised Arnold’s articles in the Rosendale Free Press which stimulated their interest –  all 3 slotted in really well and we hope they will join us again.

Glyn promised us a walk with plenty of ascent and that’s what we got!

Summer returned to the more “usual” weather with the occasional sunny spell, but being mostly cloudy and breezy, albeit quite warm, with two heavy showers in the afternoon. Clothes were going on and off all day, with Paul being unusually self conscious! We all enjoyed the glorious Yorkshire countryside, some straight from the school textbooks, and past Geography teachers would have been pleased to hear some of the discussion! There were a few hints of late summer to include purple heather, field mushrooms, plus trees with conkers, apples and helicopter seeds.

Glyn and John must have eaten good breakfasts as they set off at a pace in a southerly direction, crossing the River Wharfe and rising above the road, beginning our first climb above Knipe Wood to the merest 390 metres / 1280 feet, with wonderful views as we ascended. We then turned westerly above Knipe Scar towards Hawkswick Moor, stopping for coffee on the way. After, we descended to Hawkswick to cross several meadows and follow the river, before arriving in Arncliffe by the impressive St Oswalds Church, a listed building. We crossed the River Skirfare and began going north easterly up the arguably steepest climb of the day, via Brayshaw Scar to Old Cote Moor, ascending to 520 metres/ 1706 feet (spot the 4 fast ascenders waiting near the top). Lunch was taken in the lee of a stone wall which, as Graeme said, someone had forgotten to point, as the wind pierced through the gaps. After we descended quite steeply between shake holes, before dropping down through Fosse Wood into Starbotton. From there it was on to the third climb up Starbotton Cam Road (a track) to 530 metres / 1738 feet, before turning sharply southwards to Carr Head and the descent back into Kettlewell across Cam Pasture. The last photo looks back up the Wharfedale valley where we had climbed both sides with Starbotton hidden in the valley floor.

Thanks to Glyn for an excellent walk, and to Jenny for backmarking most of the walk as well as leading the group who opted to return along the pretty river path from Starbotton, in preference to the third climb.

Lovely refreshments were taken in the Café by the Lake, in Kilnsey

Distance 11.12 miles   Total ascent 826 metres / 2707 feet

Pics and write up – Judy

Slideshow below, but 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 may need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show – but at least it is full screen! “



  1. Sue German

    Thanks for a very warm welcome and a great walk for my first big one.Your photos and the account are a lovely reminder of the day. Thanks to Glyn for leading a strenuous but very picturesque and interesting walk.

  2. What an excellent write up and a cracking set of pictures, Judy. You can go to the top of the class and kiss the (geography) teacher. Glad that Tom managed to find you in the end. Nice to get an honourable mention in my absence! I note that the 4 fast ones were a marathon runner and 3 Three Peakers – no surprises there. Hope to see you all at Ribblehead next week. Y

  3. Excellent photos and write up Judy. Thank you. Welcome to our new walkers, glad they enjoyed the day.

  4. Thanks for the great photos and write-up.

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