Date - 10th January 2009 Distance - 6 miles
Map - OL30 Start point - Car park, Langthwaite (NZ 005 024)


Summits Achieved

Name Height (ft) Height (m) Grid Ref
Peat Moor Hill 1713 522 NZ 0176 0495


The Walk

The day was dry but there was a bitterly cold wind. In fact on the drive over the temperature had registered -5 degrees at Ribblehead. As Dad drove over the firing ranges between Leyburn and Reeth, the sun was just rising and he stopped to take this picture.

Once Uncle Bob and Dad were ready we snuggled down as deeply as possible in the rucksack, and set off from the car park to walk through the pretty hamlet of Langthwaite. The narrow road then climbed steeply up to the scattered settlement of Booze. Dad and Uncle Bob had heard a story that due to the steepness of the road and its propensity to get icy, the Royal Mail had stopped delivering here. It was therefore with some surprise that we saw the postman driving up. When Uncle Bob asked him about this, he seemed somewhat bemused, saying only that it had been a bit tricky earlier in the week getting up the hill. This dog, seemed to be wanting his breakfast.

Through a gate the path led to open fell passing the derelict Sleigill House, and on up the ravine.

Long disused and forgotten lead mine workings were passed, as we continued to reach the top of the ravine. Following Slack Wife Gill, we crossed the moor to pass a shooting hut and reach a path-Moredale Road. The summit was not far now and Uncle Bob and Dad trudged over the rough moor to the lonely trig point.

It was bitterly cold up here in the biting wind. Nevertheless we stopped for lunch and Dad took our obligatory summit picture.

Dad was finally very glad to get his gloves back on as he was losing the feeling in his fingers. We were happy to snuggle down again in the rucksack. Going due west now we descended over trackless moor, to come in sight of the road and path near Dry Gill Edge. Here we turned south. Deciding to stay above the paths we picked our way along under the crags.

Eventually we reached a junction of two tracks, and we continued generally south eventually coming once again to Booze, and the road descending to Langthwaite.

A good day out and the walk had turned out to be more interesting than we thought it would be. Winter was a good time to do this as we suspect that the moor would be rather boggy in warmer weather.

Uncle Bob had to be home for a family party so was not able to go to the tearoom. However this did not deter Dad. In Reeth he went to Ivy Cottage where he had delicious carrot and leek soup-thick and full of veg. Then chocolate cake and tea. Well he did deserve it having taken us out on such a cold day. We had more sandwiches and a hot drink sitting in the warmth of the car. Duly refreshed he then drove us home arriving about 16.45. It was not as cold on the journey back but at Ribblehead it was still only just 1 degree. Mind you, the cold weather is to be preferred to the wind and rain on the following day-Sunday.


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