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 -29th October 2017 - Giggleswick Scar & Celtic Wall from Feizor

A clear sunny day that have been few and far between lately. Deciding to repeat this walk, Dad parked at Elaine's Tearoom around 10:30 and going on for a pot of tea prior to setting off. Sharon seeing Dad said, "what are you doing here?". The cafe was pretty busy already. Walked down the road to go left on the track to Stackhouse. Shortly through a gate the way was wide and grassy climbing gently. After a while took the right fork down by wall to gate and on the clear wide grassy path to gate in left wall and then next in wall to right and on to gate in wall on left. Here kept left signed Giggleswick, to gated step stile and on through broken wall to then branch left on narrow trod to make the short climb to the large summit cairn. Views were pretty clear today, but unlike last year there were few autumn colours. Suppose the winds and rain recently have taken their toll. Descended to rejoin main path leaving this after a while to visit the Schoolboys tower. Large cairn hollow in centre. We had our picture here and at the summit too of course. Returned again to main path and skirting left round quarry then made the direct descent to the path through the wall. Followed this climbing gently to come by wall and over the stone step stile then down to shortly climb ladderstile in wall on the left to join path from Stackhouse. On through the left of two gates and meander on to skirt a wall corner and through gate ahead and then on to gate in wall on right. Here immediately left to gate in wall and on to next gate and then ladderstile over next wall. Now left the track to climb right picking up a tractor track to a gate where we met three walkers, Dad chatting to them. Walked the short way to Dead Mans Cave, then crossed east to the Celtic Wall where we had our picture taken again. Then descended to the path below Smearsett Scar. Here left to descend to take ladderstile over wall on right and keep ahead in same direction to stile into yard at Feizor. Now went in to Elaine's with Dad. He had a lovely ham cheese and tomato ciabatta and tea. Cafe was very busy all the time. Before driving off Dad had a chat with Uncle Jonathan

15th October 2017 - Ingleborough via Crina Bottom

So on a misty day we climbed Ingleborough once again. It was great too that after such a long time we had Uncle Bob for company, the weather having intervened to make this possible. He and Aunt Ann had gone to Keswick with the caravan for 2 weeks, but due to heavy rain last Wednesday and flooding they were forced off, and so moved to Thornbrook Barn near Ingleton. Uncle Bob is getting back into walking again, so Dad's call to him made his mind up about going up Ingleborough. Picked him up then we parked on the verge below Storrs Common. Ready we followed the track Fell Lane, signed Ingleborough 2.25 miles. It lies!! It is 3 miles! Dad pointed out the low embankment that runs across the track this being the site of a mineral railway that once served a granite quarry on the Hawes Road. Now strode Fell Lane a wide track stony and flooded in places after recent rains that serves the farm of Crina Bottom. Glorious along here with wide open views and the fields with sheep and lambs. The scene of Crina Bottom had Ingleborough obscured by cloud, but there were some nice autumn tints. The track ends here and onwards it is a grassy and stony path climbing steadily with limestone escarpments above. Quite busy too with other walkers heading up the hill. After a while the path is surfaced as it crosses moor, to then finally ascend the escarpments by steps to the summit plateau. The wind was fierce here, and on the last few steps to the plateau they were nearly blown over. The mist was down. We went the short way to the trig point. Then we sat at the shelter for lunch out of the wind. We sat on the raised section in the corner and had our picture taken on Uncle Bob's phone. The cameras had been left behind due to the poor visibility. So then we made our way down, the winds easing. A large walking party were following so stopped by some rocks for a drink. One lady spotted the us. Dad told the tale and mentioned the website. She said that she had been asked to go into schools to promote walking and said she might us the site in the talks. Returned to the caravan where there was tea, cake and biscuits, while Dad chatted with them. Grand day out!!!

Tetley

For all updates see - Tetley's blog


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
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
14/02/2009
30/10/2016
28/12/2016
29/10/2017
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
Shaun, Tetley, Grizzly, Allen, Eric & Southey
23/12/2006
16/03/2008
12/09/2010
22/03/2016
20/04/2016
15/10/2017
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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