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Yorkshire Dales Walks

Cracoe Fell

Rylstone Cross

Date: 1st September 2007
Distance: 5.6 miles
Ascent: 1170 feet
Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SD975599

Walk Summary:
A nice climb up to the Rylstone Cross before an enjoyable clamber along Rylstone Edge to the Cracoe Obelisk.

Route Summary: Cracoe - Chapel Lane - Bark Brow - Rylstone Cross - Cracoe Fell - Fell Lane - Cracoe


1. Cracoe Fell from Rylstone

2. Purple heather on the flank of Rylstone Fell

3. Flasby Fell from Rylstone Fell

4. Looking along Rylstone Edge to Cracoe Fell

5. Rylstone Cross

6. Rylstone Edge

7. Looking north into the Dales from Cracoe Fell

8. Cracoe obelisk

Walk Detail: After hardly being able to get out for a walk for most of the summer due to my knee injury this was my second walk in two weeks.

With my new £25 Elastoplast knee support I decided to risk my knee on this fairly short walk on Cracoe Fell. I’d enjoyed the stretch from Cracoe Fell to Rylstone Cross when I had done it with Matt two years before despite the rather dreary weather back then. I knew the view would be good in the right conditions and I was right.

It was also a bit more satisfying climbing to the cross direct. My knee support did its job most of the way though I could feel my knee straining against it so I was under no illusions as to how painful it would have been without it.

I somehow managed to get myself into a few situations on Rylstone Edge where scrambling was the only option but my knee even held up to this. It was only on the steep descent down to Cracoe that I felt any pain but that quickly subsided once I was back on the flat.

I really needed this walk and this was the first time in a while I felt optimistic that my knee was on the mend.

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