Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 17th April 2006
Distance: 6.1 miles
Ascent: 879 feet
Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Start Grid Ref: NZ103004
A nice easy walk exploring the side valley of Marske before heading for the trig point on Skelton Moor.
Route Summary: Marske - Clints Wood - Orgate Force - Telfit Farm - Skelton Moor - Helwith Road - Telfit Bank - Marske Beck - Marske
1. Skelton Moor above the Marske Valley
2. Looking up to Clints Scar
3. Looking along Marske Beck to Orgate Force
4. The entrance to Throstle Gill
5. By the trig point on Skelton Moor
6. Booze Moor
7. Skelton Moor and Telfit Bank
8. The large waterwheel on Marske Beck
Walk Detail: After my exertions on the Friday (High Street in the Lakes) and Saturday (all the Howgills 2000fters) this was planned as a gentle amble giving us plenty of time to get back and relax prior to the much anticipated visit of some friends.
This walk fit the bill perfectly. The walking was easy with only one short sharp climb. There was a good mixture of woodland, valley, moor and beck scenery and we saw an area of the Dales which we had not visited before.
The most memorable bits were the glimpse of Orgate Force, the views of the moors from Skelton Moor, the finely preserved waterwheel by Marske Beck and the garlic infested banks of the final stretch of the beck back into Marske.
It was a very windy day, especially on the moor but fortunately there was a handy horseshoe shaped ruin of a sheepfold near the summit to shelter us while we ate some lunch.
This was a most enjoyable day out and would be worth visiting again one summer when the flowers are out.