Nidderdale & Washburn Walks
Date: 26th August 2007
Distance: 6.7 miles
Ascent: 870 feet
Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SE153809
A fine walk across the purple heather of Agra Moor finishing with an exploration of Slipstone Crags.
Route Summary: Gollinglith Foot - Tranmire Stone - Ellingstring - Agra Moor - Slipstone Crags - Gollinglith Foot
1. Masham Moor from Agra Crags Plantation
2. Boundary Stone by Ellingstring Plantation
3. Looking over Ellingstring towards the Cleveland Hills
4. Looking across Agra Moor towards South Haw and Great Haw
5. The moorland path to Jenny Binks Moss
6. Colsterdale Moor
7. On Slipstone Crags
8. Slipstone Crags
Walk Detail: It had been four weeks since my last walk and I was getting desperate to go out again knee problem or not. I wanted to go back to Colsterdale and see the purple heather as it was the right season for it. It proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable ramble especially once the final plantation was passed half way round and the moor opened up with views of Witton Fell, Great Roova Crags and the three Haws.
My knee had started hurting after barely two miles of fairly gentle walking. Thankfully it didn't get any worse than uncomfortable and for a while even eased off. The highlight of the walk was the modest gritstone edge of Slipstone Crags which featured superb views of Colsterdale and the valley of Birk Gill. In terms of weather and conditions and views this was everything I could have hoped for in a walk of this nature - once again the combination of Colsterdale and purple heather had come up trumps.