Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 13th November 2006
Distance: 8 miles
Ascent: 1080 feet
Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Start Grid Ref: SE002637
A fascinating walk into the lead mining past this part of the Yorkshire Dales.
Route Summary: Grassington - High Lane - Edge Lane - Tinker's Lane - Hebden Beck - Cupola Corner - Duke's New Road - Moor Lane - Grassington
1. Looking along Edge Lane
2. Looking down to Grassington in the distance
3. Relaxing by Hebden Beck
4. Hebden Beck
5. Another view of Hebden Beck
6. Grassington Moor with the Cupola Corner chimney on the skyline
7. The large flue and chimney at Cupola Corner
8. Lisa at the base of the chimney
Walk Detail: This was pretty much a retread of the walk we had done in February 2005 when I had first passed my driving test. The main differences in the route were that this time we took the slanting right of way through the enclosures between High Lane and Edge Lane and on the return we did not bother going near Yarnbury for the detour to the trig point on New Pasture Edge.
It was a nice walk and the weather was much better than on our previous visit though the wind was quite strong and cold. The only real incident of note was a pair of dodgy looking blokes in some sort of six wheel vehicle one of whom had a gun. We first saw them around the entrance to Cupola Corner and I was quite nervous about wandering around up there with those two about.
Lisa was quite oblivious as she thought the guy was carrying a stick. As it turned out we saw them again a bit later and they were probably only doing work on the walls.
For anyone interested in the industrial history of this area of the Dales this is a fascinating walk as Grassington Moor, particularly in the environs of Cupola Corner, is basically one large system of mines, shafts, spoil heaps, mining reservoirs, with the crowning glory the large chimney and flue.