Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 27th January 2008
Distance: 6.9 miles
Ascent: 1430 feet
Time:3 hours 5 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SE017866
An enjoyable walk from West Burton on to Harland Hill, one of the less frequented fells in the Yorkshire Dales.
Route Summary: West Burton - Cote Bridge - Thupton Gill - Harland Hill - North Tarn Hills - Whiterow Road - Cote Bridge - Ridding - West Burton
1. Forelands Rigg
2. Looking across Thrupton Gill to Pen Hill
3. Pen Hill
4. The top of Harland Hill
5. Harland Hill from North Tarn Hills
6. Naughtberry Hill
7. Harland Hill
9. West Burton Falls
Walk Detail: My first foray in to the Dales for some time this turned into a splendid walk onto a fairly unfrequented hill.
The walk along the road at the start was made pleasant by the early sun shining on the pastures of Forelands Rigg. The climb was on the bridleway was fairly steady though some newer tracks made things more confusing than they needed to be.
The section from the col between Pen Hill and Harland Hill was easier than I thought with the only obstacle being a big peat bog immediately after the first wall crossing. I nearly lost a boot in the bog and only made it across thanks to some stepping stones.
The summit cairn on Harland Hill was almost non-existant and even after I had attempted to build it up a bit and put the stake in the middle it was still fairly insignificant. While the view from the top was not that great a bit further south, as I began my descent, there were pleasant views looking over the Walden valley enclosed by Brown Haw, Buckden Pike and Naughtberry Hill.
The next bridleway provided a lovely descent back into the valley with some good views back on Harland Hill. While there was a fairly long walk back along the road it was almost devoid of traffic and I varied the finish from Cote Bridge to cross some pastures and reach the delightful West Burton Falls where I had my lunch.
This was a much more interesting walk than I thought it would be and Harland Hill was a much more impressive fell than I imagined - I'd defitnitely do it again.