Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 11th March 2006
Distance: 10.9 miles
Ascent: 1845 feet
Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
Start Grid Ref: SD989516
An enjoyable exploration of the multi-topped Flasby Fell including the Marilyn top of Sharp Haw.
Route Summary: Skipton - Skipton Golf Course - Grassington Road - Sharp Haw - Flasby Fell South Top - Rough Haw - Unnamed north-east tops - Low Laithe - Flasby - Crag Wood - Tarn House Farm - Skipton
1. Sharp Haw - the highest point on Flasby Fell
2. The trig point on Sharp Haw
3. Matt on the top of Sharp Haw
4. Looking up at Sharp Haw from the lower south top
5. The small tarn to the west of Sharp Haw
6. By the large cairn on Rough Haw
7. Matt crossing the head of Woomber Beck
Walk Detail: We’d chosen Flasby Fell not only because it was a Dales Marilyn we had not yet visited but mainly because the forecast for the late afternoon/early evening was for heavy snow.
In the end we made quite a good choice. Although the long approach and return from Skipton were a bit of a drag the actual exploration of the expanse of Flasby Fell was quite absorbing and enjoyable. Each of the five tops including the two named summits of Sharp Haw and Rough Haw were quite individual and had there own characteristics.
We discovered a nice little tarn next to a gritstone crag that made a picturesque and perfectly sheltered place to stop and have some lunch.
Of the five tops Sharp Haw the highest was also the most distinctive in appearance. The unnamed southern top had the largest cairn. The two northern tops were uncairned although there was a large pile of sheep poo almost on the top of the north top, which caused some mirth so we rather childishly christened it ‘Poo Haw’. The northeast top had for some unfathomable reason a large number of bin liners on it so became ‘Bin Bag Haw’.
Another source of amusement was the unfortunate mountain biker who overtook us on the road just above Tarn House Farm only for us to overtake him a mile or so later while he struggled across the moor. Conditions weren’t great for biking but if I had been in his place I would have found it quite embarrassing.
While we were definitely right to choose this fell for the weather conditions I’d still like to go back on a sunnier day where I would be able to get some good pictures of Cracoe Fell.