Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 21st November 2004
Distance: 5.2 miles
Ascent: 940 feet
Time: Too long ago to remember!
Start Grid Ref: SD769686
My first visit to the Norber Erratics was in low cloud and some early winter snow.
Route Summary: Austwick - Robin Proctor's Scar - Norber Erratics - Norber - Long Scar - Crummack Lane - Austwick
1. Robin Proctor's Scar
2. Matt stood in front of one of the Norber Erratics
3. Limestone pavement on Norber
4. By the summit cairn on Norber
5. Matt enjoying himself in the snow
6. Looking across Crummackdale to Moughton
Walk Detail: Due to the time of year we opted for a shortish walk which we chose from the interesting selection in Wainwright's 'Walks in Limestone Country'.
We were both looking forward to seeing the famous Norber Erratics and seeing Ingleborough from the south. Unfortunately the weather was very unkind to us. Despite climbing to a modest height of only 408m we were completely enshrouded in hill fog and we could see virtually nothing.
There was a fair remnant of snow on the ground and a few flakes in the air which made the extensive limestone pavements particularly tricky to negotiate.
Due to the low cloud we saw few of the Erratics and almost nothing of any surrounding hills and it wouldn't be until a subsequent visit that I could really appreciate Norber which is now one of my favourite fells in the Dales. The walk was not a total disaster though and I remember we had quite a bit of fun in the snow.