Nidderdale & Washburn Walks
Kex Gill Moor
Date: 21st May 2006
Distance: 5.7 miles
Ascent: 690 feet
Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Start Grid Ref: SE168553
A walk up to the prominent outcrop of Raven's Peak above the A59 and then crossing over Kex Gill Moor and a pleasant path alongside the River Washburn.
Route Summary: Hopper Lane - Hall Lane - Kex Gill Road - Raven's Peak - Kex Gill Moor - Redshaw Hall - River Washburn - Hopper Lane
1. Round Hill from Hall Moor
2. On Raven's Peak looking down on to the A59
3. Raven's Peak
4. Looking down the Washburn valley to Fewston Reservoir
5. The River Washburn
7. Macro shot of an odd looking fly on a bluebell
Walk Detail: Another weekend of poor weather - the best forecast was for a couple of hours on Sunday morning so we opted for this one as Lisa and I had both said we would like to stand on Raven's Peak.
For about half an hour as we walked up Hall Lane and then the track to Kex Gill we were blessed with a bit of sunshine and the first of what would prove to be a number of bluebells. The path from Kex Gill Road to Raven's Peak had gone to seed a bit and there were the first signs of fresh bracken shoots growing amongst the remains of last years crop.
At this point we stopped to watch the stunning sight of three lapwings chasing off a buzzard. Raven's Peak was as good a spot as we imagined it to be and we once again entertained ourselves by leaping about on the rocks. In truth though I was a little concerned we might fatally distract one of the motorists on the A59 below.
The crossing of the wet and tussocky Kex Gill Moor was our only real rough ground but from there we followed the Dales Way link to Redshaw Hall. Along the way we saw some curlews and plenty more lapwings a couple of whom flew around us to warn us off.
Upon reaching the Washburn, which was almost in flood after all the rain we were greeted by the sight of a number of canoeists taking advantage of the rivers raging waters. Further down we were treated to an absolutely delightful mile of river bank scenery enhanced by thousands of bluebells which more than made up for my disappointment at Dallowgill three weeks before.
In truth I had expected Raven's Peak to be the only highlight of the walk but I enjoyed all of it and the final section along the Washburn was superb. Another walk I'd do again although I'd probably want to save it for when the bluebells are out again.