Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 3rd October 2004
Distance: 5.3 miles
Ascent: 992 feet
Time: Too long ago to remember!
With: Lisa, Val and Dave
Start Grid Ref: SD704870
A nice mid level walk that introduced us to the delights of Dentdale and Barbondale.
Route Summary: Dent - Gawthrop - Tofts - Combe Scar - Barbondale Road - Occupation Road - Flintergill - Dent
1. Looking towards Middleton Fell - Combe Scar is on the centre right
2. Barbondale with the slopes of Middleton Fell on the right
3. Dentdale from above Flintergill
4. Dent from Flintergill
Walk Detail: A much more modest affair than my previous walk, this was mine and Lisa’s first walk on our lovely week’s holiday in Dent. Joining us also on this walk were Val and Dave who had come over for the day.
The weather was a pleasant mixture of cloud and sunshine with the only real problem encountered between Dent and Combe Scar were some very muddy farmer’s fields in the vicinity of Gawthrop.
Combe Scar is a hugely impressive glacial corrie on the northeastern side of Middleton Fell. In fact the area around the Scar afforded us a totally different viewpoint of Middleton Fell which from Crag Hill looks like a straight sheer wall. For some reason though I don't seem to have a close up picture of the scar itself.
Barbondale was an impressive valley with the slopes of Crag Hill on one side and the steep side of Middleton Fell on the other. Meanwhile the stage along Occupation Road afforded good views of Dentdale and the Howgills.
The walk down Flintergill proved to be quite rocky and a bit rough underfoot. It was walking down here that Lisa first hurt her knee, an injury that hindered her a little over the coming week. Other than this it was a nice little walk to introduce us to the area.