Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 14th January 2007
Distance: 6.6 miles
Ascent: 1079 feet
Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Start Grid Ref: NZ083102
A windswept walk across Barningham Moor to the trig point on How Tallon.
Route Summary: Barningham - Brown Hill - Badger Way - How Tallon - Wash Beck - Osmaril Gill - Haythwaite - Barningham
1. Crossing a stream on to the moor
2. Barningham Moor
3. Looking towards How Tallon
4. Rainbow over Barningham Moor
5. A windswept Barningham Moor
6. The tarn at Wash Beck
7. Looking back across the moor to Eel Hill
Walk Detail: While it was a lovely sunny morning it obvious from the moment we got out of the car at Barningham that it was also very windy. In fact this was one of the windiest walks we’ve been on.
In fact the wind dominated what would otherwise have been a supremely pleasant and easy stroll up on to the grassy knoll of Tallon How. By the time we reached the trig point we could barely stand still to take photos. The worst section though was the next stage across to Eel Hill where we were also caught in spray from rain that must have been falling miles away as the sky above was completely clear. At times we had to link arms to fight our way into the wind. Making up for the wind though was a fine rainbow crossing the moor.
To get out out of the wind I led us down into Osmaril Gill and then along the shallow depression separating Eel Hill from the rest of the moor. For a while we managed to get out of the worst of the wind and were able to enjoy the sweeping views a bit more and made a brief detour to what seems to be a sizeable man made tarn at Wash Beck which is missing from my OS map. From there we walked back to Barningham all the way along the small road to the remote farm of Haythwaite. By this stage we were back in the wind and it got increasingly frustrating to be buffeted about.
While this was not the most pleasant of walks this was more due to the conditions - the moor itself was lovely in the winter sunshine.