RIVER RIBBLE, WHARFE & MOUGHTON from HORTON IN RIBBLESDALE

 


Summary

Date - 31st August 2008 Distance - 8 miles
Map - OL2 Start point - Horton in Ribblesdale car park (SD 808726)

 

Summits Achieved

Name Height (ft) Height (m) Grid Ref
Moughton 1402 427 SD 7868 7118

 

The Walk

Today we were in Yorkshire’s Limestone Country for our walk, with Uncle Bob for company too – hooray! It was to be Dad’s 50th walk with Uncle Bob. The start point was Horton in Ribblesdale, where we have walked from before when we climbed Pen-y-ghent. This is the first of the "Three Peaks" and is indeed where the Three Peaks Race starts and finishes. From the car park a small path leads out over a narrow bridge to the road. Turning left we then crossed the River Ribble.

Going though the gap stile we walked along the bank on part of the long distance footpath called the Ribble Way. The path kept close to the river and it was a very pleasant stroll to Cragghill Farm. Now we left the path and passed between the farm buildings and then beyond over a field to reach the railway crossing. This was the Settle to Carlisle railway that has been mentioned by us in previous stories. We all looked carefully left then right and listened too. Then once we were sure that no train was about to pass we walked across the tracks. Some inquisitive sheep approached and Dad could not resist taking a photograph.

We do not like these as much as our lovely smiley Herdwicks that roam the Lakeland Fells. The path climbed initially to a shelf below the huge Arcow Quarry. We were very glad to be up here as the fields below were very boggy indeed and we felt sure that Dad would have sunk up to his knees. Just what would Uncle Brian have said about the state of his trousers! A number of walls had to be crossed and gap stiles allowed passage. We liked the effect of the symmetry of these walls.

We now joined a road and walked along to pass Foredale Farm, then at this sign we turned sharp left.

We were ready to stick our paws in our ears, but thankfully there was no sign of a red flag nor any siren blasts. The footpath led to another quarry called Dry Rigg. When we reached the embankment round this we climbed up for the view.

We were high up and the works were massive. The digger looks like a toy. We could hear pumps clanking, this to keep water out. At some time in the future, extraction here will cease, when over a number of years this area will be allowed to flood and form a deep lake. It will look much nicer then we think.

The track went all the way round the perimeter of the quarry. This was followed before climbing a stile to descend to the road at Newfield.

It was then just a short walk to the hamlet of Wharfe. The houses are full of character like this cottage.

Now, we had walked through here before but in the opposite direction, on the walk to Norber and Crummack Dale. We followed this track again, but soon crossed a stile on the right. Passing below Studrigg Scar we went for a closer look at this, where once a waterfall cascaded over.

Continuing the climb we finally approached the summit of Moughton (pronounced Moot’n). The top is quite grassy and surprised us as we had expected there to be more limestone pavement. Sadly it was cloudy and so we could not enjoy the views of the surrounding hills.

As you can see there is a trig point and large cairn, so we were spoiled for choice for our picture.

"It’s time we had some lunch," said Uncle Bob. We did not need a second asking and promptly sitting down, Allen got our sandwiches etc out of his rucksack. Before setting off, Dad had his camera out again to take the summit area, but as he took a shot Uncle Bob peered round.

During the time on the summit the sky became more lowering, so they had wisely donned their waterproofs, and sure enough the rain came on as we all descended towards Horton. We hunkered down as best we could but the rain was not too heavy. Picking the way over some limestone pavement the wall was joined and crossed via a substantial ladderstile.

The path was followed in the direction of the signpost to a gate. Once through we joined the path from Ingleborough. Dad told us this was the path the fell runners use on the final leg of the 24 miles Three Peaks Race, over the mountains of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Soon Horton in Ribblesdale came into view and we reached the railway station, which is on the Settle – Carlisle line.

Don’t the flowers look lovely by the sign? Despite the rain we paused a little while to explore the station and admire how beautifully kept it is. It is a credit to the volunteers who obviously put in such a lot of hard work.

More details about this and other stations on the Settle – Carlisle line and can be found at - www.settle-carlisle.co.uk

A short walk now brought us into the village where, surprise surprise, they went straight to the famous Pen-y-ghent Café, so we went too. Uncle Bob had a sausage sandwich, Dad a bacon sandwich, each with a pint mug of tea.

Well thanks Uncle Bob and Dad for another great day and it was, apart from Wharfe, a completely new area of exploration.

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