Rystone 19-04-2017 – Leader Jean

Rystone 19-04-2017 – Leader Jean

Despite Derek’s warnings, the 22 of us who turned out today managed to park in the layby at Rylstone, with many in semi-summer gear – shorts, no waterproof, etc.  Although cool at first, we soon warmed up as Jean led us past the duck pond and north up Chapel Lane to Cracoe, continuing in the same direction to Swinden Quarry, opposite which we took our first break.  It was clear from early in the walk that there would be lots of new lambs around, so Gill had better not look at Graeme’s pictures!

After the break we carried on, climbing a bit more seriously now, onto Linton Moor and Hamerton Hill.  The views, though slightly hazy, were very extensive.  Turning to the west, we crossed Boss Moor, climbing to the highest point of the walk at just over 1000 feet.  Then we descended southward on the Dales High Way, before leaving this to have lunch by a wall, the temperature now being very pleasant.  Carrying on southward and downward to Scarnber Laithe, we met a group of hikers from Harrogate – one in plaid plus fours, hence the photo; they asked if we had had the necessary injections before setting off!  On this stretch the views were really lovely, with the Rylstone ridge often in view, with its memorial obelisk and cross.

Continuing the descent, we came close to Flasby, before turning 90º left to head north east along Flasby Beck and back to our starting point.  So ended a gentle but very scenic walk, thanks to Jean.  Refreshments were served swiftly and efficiently at Cracoe’s Café, to end a really nice day in one of our favourite areas.  Thanks to Graeme for his sterling efforts with the camera, and to Viv for carrying my stuff once again.

(Write up Arnold, pics Graeme.  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 Comment

  1. Rosemary

    Thanks Jean for a lovely walk in the Yorkshire Dales. The write up was concise and informative. Well done Graham for the photos which really captured springtime.

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