|Start of the walk, Black Hill on the right, Kisdon on the left|
Saturday 15th October was a fantastic autumn day. It felt like spring, and I’m sure mother nature was getting very confused. Butterflies flitted, caterpillars crawled and flowers blossomed next to mushrooms. Blue blue sky and bright autumn sun. Absolutely wonderful.
|Near Ramp Holme foot bridge|
|Heading towards Fair Yew End and Crackpot Hall|
|Fair Yew End|
|Fair Yew End ruins|
|Veiw just past Crackpot Hall|
|Steep sides of Swinner Gill|
|Looking down into the gill|
|East Grain beck meets Swinner Gill|
Then up to the head of Swinner Gill and turn right up alongside East Grain Beck.
|Climbing up East Grain Beck|
Once again, there is a higher, easier path which we chose to ignore, instead we climbed (using hands and feet) up the side of the stream with all its little waterfalls.
|Head of East Grain beck. Moors above us|
Finally we got to the top, which in a way was a shame, because it had been so nice following the stream and beck.
|Looking across to Friarfold moor|
But now we up on the moors, beautiful great expanses of heather and bracken. Here, even on such a beautiful day, the wind is keen and the views are bleak. I love it.
|River Swale in October afternoon sun|
The track eventually comes round to the little hamlet of Ivelet, and it’s haunted bridge?. Here we met up with the Swale which we followed back to Ramps Holme Footbridge, and then on back across the fields to Muker itself.
Unbelievably, we had taken around 6 hours to cover just under 10 miles. We all agreed to blame the weather. We’d spent so long enjoying the views, taking pictures and delighting in the sun, time had wandered away. Thank you to Yvonne, Rich, Donna and Frankie for making sure a wonderful day stayed perfect. Hopefully we will do it again sometime.
|Circular walk from Muker around Black Hill|