South Pennine Walks
Chevin Forest & Caley Crags
Date: 5th January 2013
Distance: 2.2 miles
Ascent: 319 feet
Time: 2 hours
With: Lisa, Rhiannon and Logan
Start Grid Ref: SE216442
A short walk in the woods of Chevin Forest Park with some fine views from the rocks of Caley Crags.
Route Summary: A short circuit of the eastern part of Chevin Forest Park starting and finishing at the Shawfield car park on East Chevin Road.
1. Setting off through the woods on the Chippendale Way
2. The Chevin Forest trig point has a severely restricted view
3. One of a number of wooden sculptures we came across
4. Many of the woodland paths were very muddy
5. Looking across lower Wharfedale to Almscliff Crag
6. The tumbled boulders of Caley Crags
7. On Caley Crags
8. Caley Crags
Walk Detail: After our New Year's Day walk from Spofforth this was another short family outing, this time we were also joined by my nephew Logan who was staying with us for the weekend. Chevin Forest offers a myriad of paths and in places some spectacular views across Lower Wharfedale and is a great place to take youngsters on a modest walking adventure.
Both the children really enjoyed themselves, not least because they both managed to get incredibly muddy. While the paths were for the most part quite good there was also some really muddy sections, not surprising considering all the rainfall in 2012. The highlight of the walk were the views from Caley Crags, a fairly substantial line of outcrops just above Otley. Here we also found a seat shaped rock for us all to sit on and enjoy our picnic. This was yet another nice family day out. Having said that I'm definitely ready to get out into the hills for a bit more of a leg stretcher in the hills!