Saturday 15 October 2016
Leader: John Jones
Photos John Jones & Reg Hesketh


Leader John Jones.

On a cool, overcast day eight walkers (Mike E, Peter M, Reg H, John J, Keith & Kay B. Cecelia H. and Katherine B.) and Keith & Kay's small dog Bess, parked at Brunt Knot Farm (by kind permission of the owners Mr & Mrs Beck).

The bridleway over the shoulder of Brunt Knott was followed over the top of the moor towards Longsleddale. On the descent to Longsledale Black Beck was crossed via the convenient but well-hidden bridge. The descent was continued to Docker Nook farm. Below the farm, members of the party released a sheep from a wire fence and paused to reward themselves with a cup of coffee.

The walk continued along the bridleway on the west side of Longsleddale, passing Kilnstones and Wad?s Howe, with a little light rain requiring waterproofs for a short time. At Hollin Root farm the bridleway up through Spring Wood on to the moor was taken.

Before crossing the moor, lunch was taken inside the comfortable shooting hut at the top of Spring Wood (without permission, but the hut was not locked!)  After Lunch the bridleway was followed to the wall at the top of the moor. From here an indistinct farm track was followed down to Skeggles water. The unmarked footbridge was used to cross Skeggles Water Dike near its exit from Skeggles Water to gain access to the shore of this desolate, hidden, but tranquil expanse of upland water.

After pausing to enjoy the peace of the location, the shore was followed westward to join the more distinct path leading to a large ruined barn. The barn is situated beside the junction of paths to Staveley, Kentmere and Sadgill, its purpose being unclear led to some debate.

After a short stop the bridleway back to Staveley was followed passing Park House, and at last the sky cleared and the sun shone. The final climb of the day was up a field path to Ghyll Bank and hence up again back to the cars at Brunt Knott Farm.

A quick departure was made so that tea could be taken at Wilf's in Staveley Mill Yard. Despite the lack of sun, this walk of 9.5 miles to some quiet and peaceful open spaces was enjoyed by all.

John Jones 17-10-2016