(Explore The Dales programme: Easy to Moderate walking)
This was a battery-charging break with a lovely bunch of people, stunning landscapes and fascinating birdlife.
Day 1 – The Ingleton Waterfall Trail was a inspiring start to the week, 5 miles of some of the best waterfalls in the area, up the River Twiss and down the River Doe. This walk never fails to inspire a frenzy of photo-taking.
Day 2 – Austwick and Crummackdale valley: superb and scenic tracks from Clapham Village lead across the moor with views to the famous peaks of Ingleborough and Penyghent. Larks, curlews, kestrels, lapwings and oystercatchers provided an atmospheric soundtrack to our wanderings. We finished our walk through the Reginald Farrer nature trail (see photos) where a mirror-lake reflects a varied woodland planted in Victorian days as an enchanting arboretum. (13 km/ 8 miles).
Day 3 – Ribblehead viaduct to Ingleton via the Limestone Way: the impressive, many-arched Victorian structure was made all the more special when a steam train passed along it (see photos) marking the air with a trail of white as it went. Then a series of moorland paths took us to the famous (ish!) Norber Erratics, evidence of the glaciers that once helped carved the land hereabouts. (13 km/ 8 miles)
Day 4 – Kingsdale: This more remote valley shimmered in the hot sunshine as we passed the glistening Kingsdale Beck and the landmark erratic named the Cheesepress Stone. A terrific half-day to end the week. (9 km/ 5.5 miles)
Many thanks to those who came along last week and we hope to see you again soon!