LIMESTONE COUNTRY


Among the many books written by Alfred Wainwright, is one entitled 'Walks in Limestone Country' and further qualified on the cover with the words, 'The Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent areas of Yorkshire'. The book was published in 1970, before the reorganisation of the county boundaries, to consequence of which is that the walks and summits are now spread over three counties - Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire. There are 34 walks detailed, not all of which take walkers to summits, but of those that do there are a total of 12 summits to be attained and in fact many of the summits were climbed as part of the Yorkshire Dales challenge. However as a separate challenge Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly and Allen completed it on 14th February 2009 climbing Giggleswick Scar. Little Eric, who was only adopted on 1st March 2008, completed them all on 21st February 2015 by summiting Smearsett Scar. Southey, knowing he will not complete the Lakeland challenges, asked if we would repeat some summits so he could complete this challenge. As we write this on 13th February 2017, he has just Whernside to summit. This was achieved on 25th March 2017, to his delight.

 

Currently the individual climbed status of each member is :-

Shaun - 12 Tetley - 12 Allen - 12 Grizzly - 12 Eric - 12 Southey - 12

 

Last updates -25th March 2017 - Whernside from Ribblehead

A glorious spring day with cloudless skies and it was so still on the summit. Dad walked in t-shirt for most of the time and said "I could have been in shorts too." This was a special day for Southey, as it would see him complete the Limestone challenge, something he was excited about. The plan had been to climb from Dentdale via the tarns. Wainwright's book indicates a parking place by the Methodist Chapel, but this is now a house. So there was no option but to make the ascent from Ribblehead. The weather combined with the popularity of the fell and the fact that quite a few walkers were doing the Three Peaks, made for a procession! So passing the viaduct kept on ahead on the wide track below Blea Moor to cross the aqueduct seeing the entrance to Bleamoor Tunnel. A young lady called Lila stopped Dad to ask about us, so he explained. She loved the idea and took our picture in the rucksack. Also noted the website. Dad climbed on eventually to the stile then on and on up to the ridge on the flagged path. It is steep and Dad could tell he had lost some leg strength. "Glad I decided not to do Helvellyn", he commented to us. He talked a bit with another couple who were training for doing the Three Peaks in May. Then talked a bit to a group of three. Husband, wife and sister. They offered to let us go ahead, but Dad said "it looks steeper ahead so I will be slower." Finally to the ridge and the more gentle climb to the summit, walking with the couple. He mentioned the us when we settled on the trig point, she took our picture. Southey also had his picture taken on his own to mark his completion of the challenge. As a result Dad then got talking to a young lady who liked the idea of Dad taking us. She was a fell runner, but having had operations on both knees, one just 6 weeks ago, she was just walking the Three Peaks today. She had done the Three Peaks race 7 times. Dad said, "you have my admiration". One little girl came and said, "I love your Shaun the Sheep." "Thank you", Dad replied. So now headed on along the ridge and down High Pike to make the steep descent left. Lots of this path is graded some with just rough set stones some stepped flags. Hard going on Dad's legs and knees, them nearly giving way at times such is the loss of strength. Care where putting feet needed on the rougher sections. At the bottom we stopped by some rocks to have a quick snack. Then through the gate and beyond the building left on the footpath across the fields to Ivescar, then right on the stiled way to the smooth access road to Gunnerfleet Farm. Right over the bridge to follow the wide surfaced track under the viaduct, stopping to take Southey's picture by the Monument. Refreshment time, so where else but Elaine's. Here he had tea and bacon and cream cheese toasty and chips. Jonathan was taking a break to have a mug of tea, so he and Dad sat chatting had having a good few laughs. A grand day!

8th February 2017 - Moughton & Crummack Dale from Wharfe

Uncle Eric has not climbed Moughton or walked in Crummack Dale, so we were all happy to repeat this walk. A cold cloudy day and although not too windy it was bitter on the walk from the summit to the descent into the valley. Having left Uncle Eric's car at Elaine's, Dad drove to the verge pull-in opposite a barn on Austwick to Helwith Bridge road. Walked on a short way to take the unmade road left into Wharfe and along the muddy track to join another path coming in left, and keep ahead up the dale. Soon climbed the large stone step stile right to go on ahead more or less parallel with the track through a gateway to then follow the grassy path as it climbs right to come near a wall. The footpath goes on ahead through a gate, but we took the path swinging right towards the dramatic Studrigg Scar. A stream issues from the bottom, but long ago it may have been a waterfall over the top. A narrow trod on the left winds its way up the hillside and drifts left to a ladderstile in the wall. Having followed the clear path that skirts along the scar last time, this time we took the path rising to the right of a prominent rise to its top. In clear view to the right the trig point stood out white against the grey sky. Followed a path, but when this began to go left, kept ahead across a boggy area to pick up a path up the next rise. Then on and up the rise, the trig point and cairn being revealed at the last minute just yards ahead. Too windy for the trig point we sat on the cairn for our picture. Unsurprisingly the view was poor today, but the snowy slopes of Ingleborough could be seen if not the summit. Taking a path north until it gave out as we crossed limestone pavement, and remembering that we had got too far right last time, we kept heading slightly left. A but difficult across the limestone pavement for a while but finally got to grassy ground and then onto a path skirting the scar and meeting the path from Horton, at the point where it descend into Crummack Dale. The track swept down beneath Moughton Scars and became walled after a gate. Half way stopped to take in the view of the dale and enjoy the utter and complete silence. Wonderful! After the gate there was flooding for a little way so crossed to the other side of the broken wall on the left to avoid the worst. Then grassy just kept on the path eventually becoming a narrower and muddier, and finally join the track that crosses the dale. Here again we deviated the short distance to show Uncle Eric the clapper bridge and Sheep Dub Pool. The wide path soon goes left into a field, but our route was ahead on the narrower path that led unerringly all the way to Wharfe and the start. Uncle Eric told us that he had really enjoyed the walk!! So now returned to Elaine's. We had our picnic in the car while Dad and Uncle Eric went and settled in the warmth, by the fire. Quite busy, but gradually people left until only Uncle Eric and Dad remained. Uncle Eric had a scone with butter and jam and Dad had a ham cheese and tomato toasty with chips and salad. Warming tea to drink of course, while they had a good chat to round off a nice day.

Tetley

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Name of Fell Grid Reference Height (m) Height (ft) Lads who climbed Date Climbed
Brownthwaite Pike SD 6077 8045 421 1381

Shaun, Tetley,
Shaun, Tetley
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly & Allen
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen & Eric
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey

20/02/2003
15/04/2004
19/03/2006
18/03/2012
05/05/2016
Casterton Fell SD 6500 8088 438 1436 Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly & Allen
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen & Eric
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
19/03/2006
18/03/2012
05/05/2016
Giggleswick Scar SD 8058 6562 320 1050 Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen & Eric
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
14/02/2009
30/10/2016
28/12/2016
Gragareth SD 6879 7930 627 2058 Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly & Allen
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly & Allen
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen & Eric
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
18/12/2005
23/12/2007
29/01/2011
22/10/2016
Great Coum SD 7009 8358 687 2255 Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly & Allen
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly & Allen
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen & Eric
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
03/10/2005
23/12/2007
29/01/2011
14/04/2016
Ingleborough SD 7412 7455 723 2373 Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly & Allen
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen & Eric
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen & Eric
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
23/12/2006
16/03/2008
12/09/2010
22/03/2016
20/04/2016
Moughton SD 7868 7118 427 1402 Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen & Eric
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen & Eric
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
31/08/2008
27/07/2011
11/11/2016
08/02/2017
Pen-y-ghent SD 8385 7338 694 2278 Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly & Allen
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen & Eric
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
27/12/2006
27/03/2011
31/03/2016
Rye Loaf Hill SD 8642 6331 547 1795 Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly & Allen
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
07/06/2007
07/02/2015
Smearsett Scar SD 8024 6780 363 1191 Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly & Allen
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
17/02/2008
21/02/2015
Thwaite Scar on Norber SD 7628 7089 408 1339 Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly & Allen
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
17/02/2008
21/03/2015
Whernside SD 7385 8141 736 2416 Shaun & Tetley
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen & Eric
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen & Eric
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
01/10/2003
02/03/2008
29/04/2009
25/03/2017
TOTAL Number of Fells = 12          

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