My walk this week took me into Yorkshire and the village of Embsay near Skipton.
We left the village to walk along Pasture Road to Embsay Reservoir. Passing the sailing club we could look across the reservoir to Embsay Crag where we would end up later in the day.
At an information board on Barden Moor we left the road and began out steady climb. It was tough going as we could hardly make out the path through the waist high bracken.
Soon we were on Crookside Crags are we could follow the wall to the trig point.
There were excellent views in all directions and as always I was fascinated by the shape of some of the rocks. I was sure I could make out faces.
We re-crossed the wall at a ladder stile and followed it across the moor for about half a mile. We were back in the bracken and there were lots of little holes and gullies. It was real ankle turning territory. Eventually we dropped down to Gill Beck close to a beautiful waterfall. We crossed the beck just upstream of the waterfall and then had a steep climb up the far bank. You needed to be agile and nimble. Neither of these really applies to me.
We continued along the faint path now through heather to reach the main Rylstone to Bolton Abbey track. Turning right we followed the track passing some shooting huts. There was a lot of activity in preparation for ‘The glorious 12th’ when the shooting season starts. The privileged few can then spend their days shooting the lovely little grouse.
At Brown Bank we turned right to head south across Embsay Moor.
Once again the path was very patchy. I don’t think many people walk this way. We managed to find the faint track leading to Embsay Crag and climbed to the top. There were lovely views looking down on Embsay reservoir that we had passed at the start of our walk.
There were also more wonderful rocks.
The hard work was all done and it was downhill all the way back to Embsay. We passed the site of Embsay Kirk, the original site of St Mary and St Cuthbert’s Abbey, which was moved to Bolton Abbey in 1154.
It had only been 8 miles but was harder than what we had expected.