Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 8th August 2009
Distance: 6.1 miles
Ascent: 1075 feet
Time:2 hours 50 minutes
Start Grid Ref: SD769686
A visit to one of my favourite areas of the Yorkshire Dales - Crummackdale and the limestone delights of Moughton.
Route Summary: Austwick - Wharfe - Studrigg Scar - Moughton - Moughton Scars - Crummack Lane - Austwick
1. Studrigg Scar
2. Looking south west to the Bowland fells
3. Looking across Crummackdale to Norber
4. Lisa on the Moughton trig point
7. Limestone pavement
8. Looking over Crummackdale
9. Moughton Scar
10. Crummackdale from Moughton Scar
Walk Detail: It had been a very difficult two and a half months since tearing my cartilage in May and to be honest this walk came quicker than I thought it might have.
A leg stretcher at Bolton Abbey the weekend before helped convince both myself and my physio that things were improving and with the physio's blessing this walk was to be a further test. The walk was actually only supposed to be just over four miles but due to a lack of parking at Wharfe I had to turn the car round and park up in Austwick.
It was a beautiful day and it has to be said this was an easy walk with only one short section of climbing. It was also a very rewarding walk for the relative lack of effort with fine views of Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough, impressive stretches of limestone pavement and lots of juniper. On the enclosed track from Moughton Scar we saw a stoat which very kindly made quite a show of itself though sadly not long enough for me to get my camera trained on it.
We had a really nice time and this little patch of the Dales, including Norber, has to be one of my favourites. To say it is nearly 4 years since Matt and I climbed this fell in not particularly good weather it is amazing how much I remembered of it.