Skipton to Barlic 25-05-2018 – Leader Derek

Skipton to Barlic 25-05-2018 – Leader Derek

A small group of eight gathered in Barnoldswick for this month’s linear walk from just outside Skipton to Barlic. The group was smaller than usual because some of the usual suspects had better (?) things to do. Judith was having a French lesson in an attempt to improve her linguistic skills ~ for some reason she wishes to be able to communicate with her in-laws. Disappointingly, her very very tolerant CEO did not attend either ~ probably still recovering from the ‘West Highland Way’! The absence of Judith meant that I had not only to take the photographs, but also had to undertake the writing of the report ~ shame on you!. ‘L & D’ were also absent as they said that they were going to look at some flowers in Chelsea. What’s wrong with the ‘RHS Tatton Flower Show’  I say ~ support local events and the Northern Powerhouse. Anyway, the bottom line is that it is quality not quantity that counts, and we certainly had quality.

Unfortunately it started to precipitate just before we caught the bus, and it continued to rain on and off for most of the day, which was a little out-of-order when considering the weather we have recently had. However, the light rain did mean that we were treated to some wonderful scents throughout the day ~ hawthorn and garlic being the most predominant. Before catching the bus I pointed out a plaque on the ‘Post Office Buildings’ ~ a travelling theatre regularly performed on the site, and apparently it was referred to as the ‘blood tub’! And I thought that it was the Glasgow Empire Theatre that most performers feared. The late Ken Dodd is quoted as saying ‘The trouble with Sigmund Freud is that he never played second house at the Glasgow Empire after both halves of the Old Firm had just lost!.’ Somewhat surprisingly, I managed to press the button at the right time and we alighted at the correct stop ~ ‘Ribble Garage’, but no sign of a garage! So it was off we went heading towards Carleton-in-Craven.

En-route we crossed the River Aire (see bridge shot). The River Aire is 71 miles long, running from Malham to Airmyn, where it joins the Ouse near Boothferry Bridge. [Good title for a song ~ you have to be a folkie to understand that.] At Beal, which is the furthest downstream gauging station, the River Aire flowrate is normally around 8,100 litres/second (would take 5 minutes to fill an Olympic swimming pool); the highest flow ever recorded was 294,800 litres/second on 7 November 2000, which would reduce the time to 8 seconds!

At Carleton we had a quick look at the Parish Church, which was built in 1859, and described by Wikipedia as ‘vigorous Gothic’. We then walked through the village passing Carleton Mill, which dates back to 1861, when it was built for spinning cotton. During the Second World War the Rover company used the building to produce aircraft parts. Shortly after the war, the mill returned to its original use as a textile factory and later produced carpets, eventually closing in November 1999. In 2005 it was converted to luxury apartments. After Carleton it was on past Greenber Hill to Yellison House, the home of the ‘Yorkshire Landrover Experience’. If any of you ladies are short of an idea of how to treat the man in your life, then this is the place. For a mere £650 ~ sole occupancy ~ he can have a full day doing steep inclines, deep water, roller beds, rock crawls, bridge crossings, and cave drop. Sorry, no real idea what this means. Elevenses were taken just prior to admiring the long line of white Range Rovers.

On arrival at St John the Baptist’s Church, Broughton we had a quick look at the gravestone celebrating the life of Enoch Hall. Enoch Hall was the school master at Elslack School from 1844 to 1872. He was apparently a strict disciplinarian who used his cane liberally. Before he became a school master he boasted about his role in escorting Napoleon Bonaparte to St Helena in 1815 on HMS Northumbria. Indeed it is said that on 19 October each year, to commemorate the arrival of Napoleon on St Helena, he put his cane away in his desk for the day! Apparently Enoch was somewhat economical with the truth, but it did get him a few free pints in the local hostelries!

It was then on to Elslack for lunch in a small memorial garden. Please note from the photos that the Gentlemen, with the exception of ‘Big Mac’, were pleased to encourage the girls to take the bench underneath the canopy of a tree so as to prevent them from getting wet.

Sorry, getting fed-up now! So, cutting a long story short, it was up to Wood House, where a footpath sign, complete with a skull and crossbones, suggested that if we followed the Pennine Way we would enter a minefield! Eventually we arrived without mishap in Thornton-in-Craven, and negotiated our way over Castleber Hill to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal ~ much to ‘Big Mac’s’ delight! As he whinged so much we came off the canal at RR, and entered Barlic via St Mary-le-Ghyll Church. The usual tea shop was visited; at least this put a smile back on ‘Big Mac’s’ face.

Food for thought, verse on a gravestone in St Mary-le-Ghyll Church: Stop traveller and cast an eye, as you are now so once was I, prepare in time make no delay, for youth and time will pass away.’ Not sure there was much ‘youth’ on our walk!

Word of the week seen near the entrance to ‘Silentnight’: ‘banksman’. It was in a warning to HGV drivers that they needed one. I have never heard of it. Apparently it is the person who directs the operation of a vehicle from the point near where loads are attached and detached. Glad I do not live in the antipodes as such people are called ‘dogman’!

For those interested in the statistics, then according to me we walked at total of 11 ‘Garmin’ miles, with 404 metres of ascent.

(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.

There is a link to the slideshow here.  You will need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show.

1 Comment

  1. arnolds

    Lovely pics on a poor weather day, Derek. Good to keep your hand in on the report and pics bit!

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