Harrogate & District Walks
Date: 4th June 2012
Distance: 4.2 miles
Ascent: negligible feet
Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SE326432
A pleasant evening ramble along the banks of Crimple Beck before a brief exploration of the gritstone outcrops known as Spofforth Pinnacles.
Route Summary: Spofforth - Crimple Beck - Brown Hill Wood - Plompton Square - Spofforth Pinnacles - Crimple Beck - Spofforth
1. Crimple Beck
3. More rapeseed
4. A field of barley
5. Crimple Beck
6. A close up of the barley
7. One of the Spofforth Pinnacles
8. Another of the Spofforth Pinnacles
9. Looking west along the broad Crimple Valley
10. A poppy amongst the rapeseed
Walk Detail: After a lovely evening ramble around Harewood Park the previous Monday I set out again hoping for more of the same. I was particularly hoping to get some nice photos of the Spofforth Pinnacles in the late evening sun.
Unfortunately, within minutes of parking up at Spofforth, a huge great big cloud blocked out the sun and stayed there for the duration of the walk which was slightly frustrating as there were large patches of blue sky to the north and west. Despite this I still enjoyed the walk along Crimple Beck passing along the way a sizeable field of rapeseed and then another of barley.
The Spofforth Pinnacles are a number of gritstone rock formations situated either side of Braham Hall. They are very much like a miniature version of Brimham Rocks. I scrambled up on to one of the larger Pinnacles to eat my sandwiches and waited in vain for the sun to break through the cloud.
I didn't explore all the Pinnacles as in the fields between Braham Hall and Crosper Farm there were first some cows and then some fairly frisky looking horses so instead I cut back down to the beckside path and followed it back to Spofforth.