South Pennine Walks
Date: 2nd July 2006
Distance: 4.1 miles
Ascent: 795 feet
Time: 2 hours
With: Lisa and Mum
Start Grid Ref: SE204441
Some wonderful scenery on the modest height of Otley Chevin and the nearby gritstone outcrops of Caley Crags.
Route Summary: York Gate - East Chevin Road - Caley Deer Park - Caley Crags - East Chevin Road - White House - The Chevin - York Gate
1. Trig point in Caley Deer Park
2. The woods of Caley Deer Park
3. Caley Crags
4. On Caley Crags
5. Lisa and Mum on Caley Crags
6. Another view of Caley Crags
7. Otley from The Chevin
8. The summit rocks of The Chevin
Walk Detail: This was our first walk with my mum since her plunge into Ponden Clough at the beginning of the year. As it turned out this was just the right kind of walk for her, apart from a steep stepped section at the end there was virtually no climbing (probably a good thing because of the heat) and more importantly she didn't have to ford any streams!
The woods were very attractive while the short section above Caley Crags was quite dramatic despite the haze which hid the views of this section of Lower Wharfedale. The trig point in Caley Deer Park has to be the most redundant I've yet encountered thanks to the encroaching woods.
Apart from the haze the only disappointment was that '˜The White House' was clearly closed for business so I couldnâ€™t treat Mum and Lisa to an ice cream. A fine little expedition and a place which certainly deserves a visit.