I'm thinking I shouldn't have walked so far yesterday, cos today I've set meself up for an 11 mile walk in Wharfedale. And I can't back out of it, cos I posted the walk on the Walkers Forum and agreed that a guy called Ed was gonna join me on the walk. I hope I've got the energy!
Today's walk was a mix of two I've walked with Peter. I have good memories of them both, and it seemed a brilliant idea to work out a route to combine them. Ed was in for a treat.
So we met at the Bolton Abbey car park, and we started the day with a good old chunter. It was £8 to park for the day! I mean...... EIGHT POUNDS!
After we calmed down, we sort of supposed the money for the parking paid for the upkeep of area, so mebbe it wasn't that bad after all. So, chuntering completed, feet booted and backs packed, we set off. The first port of call was Bolton Priory
|Bolton Priory. Doesn't it look good in the sunlight. As you can see, we had brilliant weather for the walk.|
There's a waterfall on Posforth Gill here. It's not named on the map, but it's well worth the diversion off the main track to go down and have a look. You have to keep an eye out for the path leading down from the left though. Don't be too busy chatting to notice you've walked past it, (like I did!)
|Posforth Gill waterfall. Awesome considering it's unnamed on the map. Shame about the tourist getting into the photo!|
|I love it out here. The sun and the wind and all this expanse of space.|
This is the caterpillar of the Oak Eggar Moth. We saw quite a few of them as we walked.
|There were a few grouse hens and their chicks about. The chicks would pop up and then disappear in the heather as they followed mum. It was fun watching them. How many chicks in this picture? (Answer at the bottom of the blog)|
|I think this is Truckle Crags|
Funny enough, even though we were heading for Simon's Seat, I never took a picture of the pile of rocks that make up the landmark. Doh!
I did however take a couple of pictures of the view from the top. This was our lunchtime view.
|View from Simon's Seat|
Anyway, we reached the lovely wide track going down through the woods to Howgill.
Once we'd reached the little village, we followed a lane past a little cottage type house with a glorious garden overflowing with flowers. And it really did overflow. We think the gardener must have planted up the lane too - it was full of all sorts of colours and smells. Really really lovely. There were even gooseberries growing! It's a shame we don't have more people who do that sort of thing....... and less people who'll trash it.
We reached the Wharfe and turned to back along the river and the Dales Way towards our cars. Some of the path is narrow, single file only. But when it opens out - it's beautiful.
|The River Wharfe.|
Further along, a little way past Barden bridge is another, unnamed bridge that has always puzzled me. As well as it's dramatic appearance, it's really quite big for a pedestrian bridge. How come?
Well, I Googled it. It's not a bridge really. It's an aquaduct, with the added bonus of a footpath. Class eh?
The next landmark for our walk is The Strid. A place where the all of the water from the River Wharfe is confined into a gulley so narrow it looks like you could get across it with one big stride.
The water bubbles and boils through the gap. How deep is it I wonder, to be able to take the flow of the river into such a narrow space?
|Later, the river opens out again. This lovely spot is equipped with a hide.|