North Pennine Walks
Shacklesborough & Goldsborough
Date: 10th November 2007
Distance: 8.2 miles
Ascent: 1063 feet
Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: NY926178
A mostly rough and pathless walk to Shacklesborough and Goldsborough two of the lower but more distinct summits of the North Pennines.
Route Summary: Balderhead Reservoir - Shacklesborough - Crawlaw Currack - Race Yate - West Hare Crag - Goldsborough - Burners Hills - Blackton YHA - Balderhhead Reservoir
1. Baldersdale Reservoirs with the profile of Goldsborough to the right
2. The top of Shacklesborough
3. Shacklesborough from Crawlaw Rigg
4. Approaching Crawlaw Currack
5. The trig point on West Hare Crag
7. Looking to Burners Hills and Shacklesborough from Goldsborough
8. Hury Reservoir from Goldsborough
9. Shacklesborough and Balderhead Reservoir from Burners Hills
10. Balderhead Reservoir and Shacklesborough
Walk Detail: Continuing my exploration of the North Pennines I decided to visit Shacklesborough because of its distinctive shape and also because if the weather was as wet and windy as forecast it would be a relatively short walk.
As it happened the worst of the wind and rain was while I was climbing up to Shacklesborough itself and while I was on the summit. Shacklesborough would have been a superb viewpoint on a better day so the rough walk up to the top from Balderhead Reservoir is one I will have to repeat another time.
Despite the weather I decided to extend the walk to visit Goldsborough and the trig point on West Hare Crag. In order to do this I crossed over on to the watershed on Crawlaw Rigg having first had to leap over the swiftly flowing Hunder Beck.
The walk from Crawlaw Rigg to West Hare Crag was fairly flat though wet and marshy. There were however some good views to the north eastern moors and fells of the Yorkshire Dales.
A brief patch of sunlight greeted my arrival at the trig on the very modest outcrop of West Hare Crag before moving on to the lower but much more impressive rocky outcrops of Goldsborough. Again another visit in brighter weather would probably do better justice to the views.
Quite different in character were the Burners Hills which gave a particularly good view west towards Shacklesborough and Balderhead. The final stretch along the Pennine Way and then back up to the car was a bit awkward as I had pulled the right side of my groin, probably from having walked over so much rough tussocky moorland.
Despite the overcast weather, which in truth was not half as bad as it could have been, I enjoyed this exploration of the bleak moorland north of the A66. As with a number of my North Pennine walks I did not see a single other person for the whole walk. Mind you it is probably an area best avoided in mist.