Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 11th July 2013
Distance: 2.9 miles
Ascent: 539 ft
Time: 2 hours 10 mins
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SD975539
A nice short evening walk up on to Sharp Haw, the highest point of Flasby Fell, before exploring the interesting but nameless top to the south-west.
Route Summary: Bog Lane - Skyrakes - Sharp Haw - Unnamed 326m top - Skyrakes - Bog Lane
Photos: Click on the photos below to enlarge.
Walk Detail: Although fairly low by Dales standards the multi-topped Flasby Fell is theoretically an excellent viewpoint. I say theoretically because my only previous visit was on a murky early spring day back in 2006. Since then I've been meaning to go back in better visibility but unfortunately, on this occassion, I managed to pick a particuarly hazy evening. This was something of a shame though thank to the position of the sun the haze was at its worst to the west so I was still able to get some decent views and photos of Crookrise Crag and Cracoe Fell to the east.
The walking itself was supremely easy and the only reason it took me two hours was because I spent quite a while on the top of Sharp Haw (the highest point on Flasby Fell) eating my evening meal and taking photos. Later I took some time exploring the ridge of the unnamed summit to the south-west of Sharp Haw and which was studded with gritstone outcrops.
One curious thing about this ridge was that there was a clear path running the whole length of it. I followed this south until it just came to an end at a wall. With no obvious way across I had to carefully climb over the wall whilst trying to avoid the rusty barbed wire that was tangled in it. I'd imagine there is an easier exit point in the area but it was getting late by this point so I didn't have the leisure to find it.
The highlight of the walk was back near the start when I turned around to see the sun dropping behind the large cairn on the unnamed top which led to me furiously snapping away with the camera. For a short walk this was most enjoyable though I really do still need to pick a better day and go back up there.