The Dales High Way

June 2010.
93 miles of stunning Yorkshire Dales scenery in 7 days.
Starting in Saltaire and ending in Appleby. Varied walking each day combined with some excellent B&Bs made this our favourite long distance walk to date - despite the less-than-favourable weather.
Highly recommended.
dhw slide The Dales High Way, 93 miles dhw day01 slide
Carolyn at Victoria Hall, Saltaire - start of The Dales High Way Steve at Victoria Hall New Mill, Saltaire
Hirst Lock, Leeds-Liverpool Canal ?  Some kind of control structure for the canal ? We could follow this track until the cows come home ...!
Lunch stop, Rombalds Moor Crossing Rombalds Moor Waymark stone at the crossroads with the Dales Way Link Route
The Twelve Apostles Boardwalk over the boggy bits Lots of cotton grass
High Tea, White Wells.  Ginger cake to die for... High Tea at White Wells Coulourful Rhodedenrons (and nice house) beyond White Wells
Reservoir, Addingham High Moor The Swastika Stone, Addingham High Moor Stile, Addingham High Moor
Looking back to Ilkley, Addingham High Moor Approaching Addingham Inquisitive cows on the approach to Addingham
dhw day02 slide Setting off from the Craven Heifer The 'Roman Road' stretches on ...
... and on over Skipton moor ... Atmospheric on Skipton Moor A distant view of Skipton
The canal, Skipton Leaving Skipton.  Stile at Chapel Hill Just beyond the A65 bypass
Entering the golf course Our next objective - Sharp Haw At the trig point, Sharp Haw
Da-daaah !  Sharp Haw Marker post, descent from Sharp Haw High above Flasby Beck
Friendly local dhw day03 slide The "Wine Cave", our accommodation at The Angel Inn, Hetton
The Angel Inn Country lane leaving Hetton Moor Lane beyond Hetton
Dropping down to Winterburn Reservoir Low water levels in Winterburn Reservoir View over to Gordale Scar, Weets Top
Walled track descends from Weets Top Track leading to Gordale scar Carolyn takes in "the wonderous sight of the scar's inner chasm", Goredale Scar
Indeed ! Looking back to the entrance of Gordale Scar Janet's Foss
"Delightful, easy walk through woodland following Gordale Beck" Safari time in Malham village Getting closer to Malham Cove
Limestone pavement above Malham Cove Detail, limestone pavement More limestone outcrops in the Dry Valley
Base of Nappa Cross, Malham Tarn in the background Time for a break, and take off the wateproofs, before descending to Stockdale Lane Passing below Attermire Scar
Attermire cave, left, Heading towards Warrendale Knotts A long descent into Settle
Settle Lodge B&B dhw day04 slide Ye Olde Naked Man, Settle.  Get your freshly-made provisions here.
Looking back to Settle Crossing the meadow, heading for Stainforth Lane A peaceful River Ribble, Stackhouse
Stainforth Force View across to Pen-y-ghent (?) and Fountains Fell Moughton Scar and Pen-y-ghent ahead
Open views, from track above Feizor Green path through buttercups Green Lane beyond Wharfe hamlet
Ferns, walled lane Wharfe to clapper bridge Clapper Bridge over Austwick Beck Looking ahead to Ingleborough
"Magnificent limestone pavements with Pen-y-ghent impressive in the distance" Ingleborough still in cloud "The path drops ... to disappear over the edge.  At first sight this is a hair-rasing prospect ..."
"... but with care the steep descent is made following a stone pathway ..." Paved walkway, Souther Scales Fell.  Whernside in the distance. Limestone terrace  with Whernside ahead
Looking back at Ingleborough dhw day05 slide Leaving Chapel-le-Dale
Dull & dreary ... and about to get wetter Ribblehead Viaduct in the distance Distant view of Ribblehead Viaduct
Ribblehead Viaduct A clear track through the buttercups, approaching Winterscales Farm A temporary shelter under the railway line.  Whernside covered by cloud.
Blea Moor signal box Aqueduct, Force Gill Beck Conditions are getting worse
"The views back across Greensett Crags below Whernside to Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent in the distance give a panorama of all three Dales peaks"  NOT !!! "The path now heads north along a lovely broad green track.  This is easy, pleasant walking.  Excellent distant views over Dentdale open up ahead and to the right." Finally, descending into Dentdale, we start to drop below the cloud.
Still dull and cold ... but at least we can see something. Still looking nasty back on the hills.  Meadows beside the River Dee. Approaching Dent village.
River Dee from Barth Bridge A first view of Sedburgh (way in the distance) from Long Moor dhw day06 slide
Leaving Sedburgh ... heading up to the Howgills Looking back down Settlebeck Gill.  Whernside in cloud in the distance. The cloud descends.  Arant Haw ahead
Heading for Calders.   "Now the view to the west opens out.  Beyond the lovely folds of the Howgill ridges, the eastern Lakeland Fells rise."   Hmmm ... Windswept, but happy.  Carolyn, summit of The Calf. ... and Steve.  "The panoramic views here are amongst the finest in the country !" ... alledgedly !
Ah !   Our safe route down !  Bowderdale opens out before us. Open ground, descending gently to Bowderdale A nice (sheltered) spot for a water break
The bridge over Bowderdale Beck Bedroom, Tranna Hill dhw day07 slide
Early purple orchid Leaving the Orton road to head onto Tarn Moor. The way ahead, Tarn Moor
Twisted hawthorn tree, Great Kinmond Walking through the "scattered, twisted, hawthorns, Graet Kinmond Limestone pavement. Muddygill Plain
Open spaces beyond Muddygill Plain.  The Pennines rise in the distance. Wall stile, approaching Clockeld Farm Drystone walls and buttercup pastures, above Clockeld Farm
Making hay (before the sun started shining).  Howe Slacks Farm Scale Beck, Howe Slacks Farm More buttercup meadows, Hayton Holme
Rutter Mill and Rutter Force waterfall.  The sun shines at last ! Meadow beside Hoff Beck Large copse.  Approaching the Cuddling Hole
Approaching the Cuddling Hole Hoff Beck from Bandley Bridge The view opens out again.   North Pennine Fells behind, Appleby just visible over the rise.
Gate and stile, entrance to the enclosed green lane.  The last stretch into Appleby. Carolyn, Low Cross, Appleby.  The end. Steve, Low Cross.