Nidderdale & Washburn Walks
Date: 7th May 2007
Distance: 6.9 miles
Ascent: 500 feet
Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SE236522
A nice little ramble above the Washburn valley visiting the trig points on Stainburn Moor and Norwood Edge as well as the gritstone outcrops of Little Alms Cliff.
Route Summary: Stainburn Moor - Lindley Moor - Norwood Edge - Sandwith Moor - Little Alms Cliff - Scargill Reservoir - Stainburn Moor
1. Stainburn Forest
2. The trig point on Stainburn Moor
3. A desolate scene in Norwood plantations
4. More attractive woodland near Norwood Edge
5. The top of Norwood Edge
6. The mast on Norwood Edge
7. The view north from Sandwith Moor
8. Norwood Edge from Little Alms Cliff
9. Little Alms Cliff
10. Scargill Reservoir
Walk Detail: This was a very pleasant walk on easy paths and with very little in the way of gradients. I thought these would be two of the easiest trigs to visit because of their low height but in fact the one on Stainburn Moor is on the other side of a wall which can just be touched while the one of Norwood Edge proved to be difficult to reach as it was purched on a huge boulder.
The latter top proved to be a real pleasant surprise and quite a good view point. Another pleasant surprise was the lovely stretch of woodland just prior to arriving at Norwood Edge as I had expected most of it to be oppressive conifer plantations.
The walk back along Sandwith Moor was also agreeable especially as the sun came out over the hills in the distance. Little Alms Cliff provided some minor interest and I stopped here for a bite to eat before heading past the car park for what proved to be a disappointing, and lengthy, detour to Scargill reservoir.
Unfortunately access to the dam was prohibited so I didn't get the photos I wanted though the reservoir itself was pretty enough. On the whole I rather enjoyed this one.