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Birks Fell & Yockenthwaite Moor
by poppiesrara » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:36 pm
Hewitts included on this walk: Birks Fell, Yockenthwaite Moor
Date walked: 09/06/2013
Time taken: 4.25
Distance: 19 km
Ascent: 870mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I’d put off this walk for a long time, waiting for at least half a dry spell before tackling reputedly far the boggiest of the Dales hills. Sometimes it perhaps helps to build up the worst thoughts about a route then, because this was a good day out and nothing like as bad as feared… The drive through Wharfedale is lovely of course, its head in Langstrothdale (and the first couple of miles of grassy climb from Hubberholme towards Yockenthwaite Moor – a clear route following gill then wall) wilder but no less so. There’s then half a mile of flat blanket peatbog, but at least the target trig is always in sight as a spur, and with a bit of ingenuity, long-jumping, and plenty of backtracking you can make it there clean-booted. I rather like this sort of challenge in small doses, but then I haven’t fallen in yet!, and in mist, without a clear end in sight and no hope of following a bearing across this terrain, I’m quite sure it would seem horrendous. Heading south from the top to its namesake hamlet, the upper moor is much greener and easier, quickly falling away into lush grass and some fun scrambles down lime outcrops.
Back right down to valley level, it takes a little resolution to set off uphill again, but the bridleway up to Horse Head is a comfortingly good one, well-graded and with good views over the gash of Hagg Beck. A misty haze had closed in by the top of this climb though and, with none of the expected views to the surrounding peaks, the long miles along the flat ridge to Birks Fell – sometimes easy grass, sometimes damp, sometimes through short patches of worse bog than seen on Yockenthwaite Moor – can seem a little bit of a samey trudge. The summit and then Birks Tarn, bleakly grey today but still with an austere beauty, break this up, and then it’s a short walk on an improving path to find the track down.
It’s a nice way back towards Buckden, helped by clearing skies giving ever-improving views of the Pike in front and the upper Wharfe below: a relaxing end to a guardedly-good walk, if one to steer far away from in rougher conditions…
by mrssanta » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:02 pm
by colgregg » Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:18 pm
by L-Hiking » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:46 pm
Thanks for sharing
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