South Pennine Walks
Date: 28th March 2005
Distance: 5.5 miles
Ascent: 1044 feet
Time: 3 hours
Start Grid Ref: SD967430
A short walk up to the impressive gritstone edge of Earl Crag with its twin features of Wainman's Pinnacle and Lund's Tower.
Route Summary: Ickornshaw - Pennine Way - Earl Crag - Lund's Tower - Lane Ends Bridge - Cinder Hill Lane - Ickornshaw
1. Waterfall on Lumb Head Beck
2. Looking along Lumb Head Beck to the shadowy outline of Earl's Crag
3. Approaching Earl Crag with Wainman's Pinnacle of the skyline
4. Looking east along Earl Crag towards Lunds Tower
5. Dave on Earl Crag
6. Lunds Tower
Walk Detail: Apart from my solo expedition on Skipton Moor this was my first real venture into the Southern Pennine area. Unfortunately, as with Skipton Moor, the weather was not great.
Still at least it did not rain and Earl Crag itself was still impressive even in such conditions. We ate lunch perched on the same outcrop of rock as Wainman's Pinnacle looking down at Cowling in the valley below. We were also lucky to get a few sightings of what we believed to be a pair of harrier hawks flying in and out of the crags below us. It made a welcome change to be looking down at a bird of prey rather than up at one.
Lund's Tower is marked on the OS map as a 360-degree viewpoint and I managed to keep up my record up to that point of not having a view at everyone I'd visited.
This was a nice little walk but as with so many of my early forays into the South Pennines it would have benefited a great deal from clearer weather.