Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 3rd December 2006
Distance: 6.3 miles
Ascent: 1310 feet
Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
With: Lisa, Matt and Eva
Start Grid Ref: SD998544
An enjoyable return visit to the two tops of Crookrise Crag and Embsay Crag on Barden Moor.
Route Summary: Embsay Reservoir - Crag Nook - Crookrise Crag - Waterfall Gill - North Earls - Stone Ridge Plain - Embsay Crag - Embsay Reservoir
1. Embsay Crag
2. The trig point on Crookrise Crag
3. The aptly named Waterfall Gill
4. Matt and Eva on Embsay Moor
5. Looking down at Embsay Reservoir from Embsay Crag
6. Looking east to Halton Height
7. Embsay Reservoir
Walk Detail: The forecast was fairly dreadful so we decided to head out towards Skipton and if the weather looked okay we would chance a walk. As it happened the weather was glorious when we set off from Harrogate so I suggested this walk, and exact replica of the one me and Lisa had early the previous year.
Typically enough the weather turned almost as soon as we parked up but fortunately we only encountered strong wind and very little of the rain that was forecast. The walk itself was just as pleasant as I remembered it and probably a bit easier. Due to the strong winds we did not explore the crags on Crookrise as we might have done but that was no problem. The only real obstacle on the walk was the crossing of Waterfall Gill and the subsequent steep climb back on to the moor. Fortunately we managed both without any problems.
Towards the end of the walk we did get a few patches of sunlight which was bit of a bonus. It was a nice day out topped off by a nice pub lunch at the Traveller’s Arms just outside of Harrogate.