Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 6th November 2005
Distance: 7.3 miles
Ascent: 1320 feet
Time: 3 hours 45 mins
With: Lisa, Mum, David and Amber
Start Grid Ref: SD975675
A family ramble up to Capplestone Gate, one of my favourite walks in Wharfedale.
Route Summary: Kilnsey - Conistone - Conistone Dib - Consitone Turf Road - Capplestone Gate - Highgate Leys Lane - Swineber Scar - Conistone Pie - Scot Gate Lane - Conistone - Kilnsey
1. The entrance to Gurling Trough
2. Conistone Dib
3. Amber scrambling out the head of Conistone Dib
4. Looking back down into Conistone Dib
5. Limestone pavement above Conistone Dib
6. Taking a break alongside Conistone Turf Road
7. Looking north west towards Middlesmoor Pasture
8. The trig point on Capplestone Gate
9. Looking north towards Great Whernside from near Capplestone Gate
10. Lisa on Swineber Scar
11. Amber on Conistone Pie
12. David taking a break on Conistone Pie
Walk Detail: Repeating some of the route of my earlier walk with Matt this was our third walk this year with Mum, David and Amber. This time I tried to take them a bit higher in order to get some views while at the same time enjoying some more impressive limestone scenery.
I enjoyed Gurling Trough and Conistone Dib just as much the second time round and from the top of the latter we headed up the Bycliffe Road. Not long afterwards we came across a mare and a foal in a field and Amber stopped to feed them her apples. We then headed up the easy slopes of the Conistone Turf Road to Capplestone Gate.
Here I was able to at last enjoy the views that were denied to me on my first visit. At the top and for the rest of the walk I was particularly able to enjoy my first proper perspective views of the fells west of Kilsney from High Proctor Mark running north to Parsons Pulpit. It was however very windy at the top so we headed north along the ridge a while before finding a good sheltered spot for our lunch.
The walk back was thoroughly enjoyable. Amber in particular seemed to enjoy herself and ran ahead so I could get a picture of her on Conistone Pie. We all enjoyed the little scramble up to the latter before completing our walk back to Conistone. A successful walk in one of my favourite areas of the Dales.