Clapham, the ‘A’ party

Roger Tolley led the ‘A ‘party and he has sent in this report and some images.

This was the first visit of the club to Clapham and for me a chance to lead a walk around one of the best areas of the Yorkshire Dales, which I particularly enjoy.

After a brief delay in the car park the ‘A’ party set off to explore the geologically rich area, to visit spectacular limestone pavements, cliffs and some unique boulder formations.

‘Striding Dales’ is one term associated with this landscape and we were quickly setting a good pace along Thwaite Lane, one of the many green lanes criss-crossing the area, heading for the hamlet of Wharfe,affording views to Attamire Scar above Settle and even Pendle Hill in the distance.

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Weather forecast was well mixed, showers, wind, sun and we had the lot, but we were rewarded with numerous rainbows.

Rainbow over Crummockdale

The streams and the local river were in full spate though the ground was not too boggy due to the hard limestone. Heading into the Crummackdale valley with opening views to a rather moody Ingleborough, its top mostly shrouded in ominous cloud. Our route was clear as we approached the cliffs of the spectacular Moughton Scar. Once on top of the scar more superb views opened up with Pen-y-Ghent looking quite commanding and the full massive scale of the limestone pavements quite apparent.

Pen-y-Ghent from Moughton Scar

Walking along the top of the edge of Moughton Scar cliffs making our way to a fanciful named Thieves Moss another raking shower blew in making the limestone perhaps a bit slippery. Ferns were happily growing in between the limestone rocks.

Our lunch stop found thankfully a sheltered wall and high vantage point to admire the scenery and watch the ‘B’ party wander into the depths of Thieves Moss.

Moughton Scar

Now walking into the wind making our way to the Norber Erratic’s, boulders, well Silurian rocks alien to the landscape after being dragged along by glaciers during the ice age and dumped in a few fields above Wharfe. Some were perched precariously on top of limestone rocks.

Partially retracing our outward route we headed back to Clapham and the warm greeting of the local bunkhouse and its bar. An 11 mile brisk walk taking just 5 hours, certainly not a day to linger too long, but it was rewarded with superb views of the surrounding landscape.

Roger.

Additional images of the Norber Erratics by Alan

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