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Hewitts: Birks Fell

Date walked: 15/05/2019

Time taken: 4.2 hours

Distance: 15.6km

Ascent: 479m

With the dry weather continuing, another visit to the Yorkshire Dales was in order to climb up one of its many usually boggy tops. Birks fell just trumps the 2000ft mark and went from nothing to a Hewitt and an Marilyn in 2006 when, what was thought to be a rounding error, at sometime in the distant past that led to it's height on OS maps being shown at 1,995 feet was corrected. Poor old Horse Head Moor not only failed to reach the magic 2,000ft in this survey by a mere 30cm but also was replaced as the Marilyn on the ridge. With this in mind and the fact the errors do indeed happen I thought I'd visit both on a traverse of the ridge starting at Hubberholme.

In contrast to my usual plan of attack(get high as early as possible), I decided to wander along side the very dry River Wharf to Yokenthwaite before I started to make my way up the ridge. This was a delightful stroll in just about every way possible on such a vibrant spring morning, and It was slightly disappointing once the time to start heading upwards came.

ImageA very dry River Wharfe by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageChurch at Hubberholme by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageRiver Wharfe by Anthony Young, on Flickr

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Trees in Springtime by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageBluebells along the path by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageDown by the Wharfe by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageApproaching Yokenthwaite by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageBridge at Yokenthwaite by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageYokenthwaite by Anthony Young, on Flickr

It was very warm without any breeze and even though the path up to Horse Head gate is excellent and at a nice easy gradient, I was soon sweating profusely. Sometimes names are obvious, but at other times it's hard to make much sense of them. Horse Head Moor is one such name. I've visited it and seen it from afar without any indication as to why it is so called :? If anybody knows, enlightenment would be most appreciated. Upon reaching the gate I turned right to visit the excellently located trig point which oversees splendid views of the three peaks country and provided a fine epic Hughie photo op.

ImageYokenthwaite Moor by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageLooking down Langstrothdale by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageHag Beck Gill by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageUpper reaches of Hagg Beck by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageThirsty Work! by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageHigh on Horse Head Moor by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageView from Horse Head Gate by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageAlong the wall to the Trig Point by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageEpic Hughie Pose by Anthony Young, on Flickr

I retraced my steps to the gate and headed along the ridge towards the summit of Horse Head moor. Spying a reasonable size cairn over the wall that seemed to mark the spot height on the OS map, I made my way to it via a couple of wall climbs happy that I had made the high point and therefore would have no need to revisit in the event of some survey finding an extra 31cms. :wink: It turned out however that I didn't visit the high point, this this being 160m away on the North side of the wall :? I really should do my research but returning would not be much of an issue as up to now the walking has been superb underfoot and as easy as you could wish for.

ImageA little Limestone Pavement by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageHorse Head Moor Summit? by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageWide Open Spaces of Landstrothdale by Anthony Young, on Flickr

The advantages of doing this walk following a dry spell were to become apparent. Over the next mile or so as we made our way through largely bone dry peat hags and bogs. Following wet weather this stretch would be quite a chore I imagine, but on this day all was good and we soon gently ascended to the summit cairn of Birks Fell and opted to have lunch. Well I did, as Hughie gets little say in the matter.

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Some Moorland Beauty by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageShake Hole by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageOn the Way to Birks Fell by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageNameless Tarn on Birks Fell by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageBirks Fell by Anthony Young, on Flickr

All that remained once we were fed and watered was to visit Birks Fell tarn and make our way back to Hubberholme. The tarn was quite nice given it had a stony bed rather than just being a glorified muddy puddle but temptations to go for a paddle were ignored and we continued along till we met up with the footpath down to Redmire Farm.

ImageBishopdale over the Wall by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageBirks Fell Tarn by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageFlag Stone Path by Anthony Young, on Flickr

All the way down had nice views of Buckden Pike (quite why it's labelled a "Pike" I'll never know) and Buckden Beck. This provides a very fine ascent of the fell, highly recommended for those who haven't already been that way, and brought back memories of me and Grace climbing up there on a beautifully clear day a few years back.

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ImageBuckden Pike by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageLooking back up Birks Fell by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageBuckden Beck by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageLooking towards Buckden Pike by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageOn the path back to Hubberholme by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageBuckden Across Wharfedale by Anthony Young, on Flickr

Soon enough we were back at the car having completed the walk having seen only one other couple, and that was on the way down.The temptation of a pint at the Inn was overwhelming but I stayed strong :roll: and headed off home following a quite splendid day out.

ImageBridge at Hubberholme by Anthony Young, on Flickr


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2019

Trips: 8
Distance: 107.9 km
Ascent: 5942m
Hewitts: 12
Wainwrights 15

2018

Trips: 13
Distance: 222.69 km
Ascent: 13168m
Hewitts: 29
Wainwrights 55

2017

Trips: 21
Distance: 244.75 km
Ascent: 14883m
Munros: 1
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 25
Wainwrights 29

2016

Trips: 17
Distance: 213.5 km
Ascent: 12721m
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1
Hewitts: 13
Wainwrights 12

2015

Trips: 19
Distance: 367.5 km
Ascent: 22089m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 1
Hewitts: 45
Wainwrights 50

2014

Trips: 21
Distance: 424.5 km
Ascent: 27170m
Munros: 6
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 44
Wainwrights 57

2013

Trips: 34
Distance: 360.25 km
Ascent: 22306m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 3
Donalds: 2
Sub2000s: 3
Hewitts: 33
Wainwrights 54

2012

Trips: 33
Distance: 352.78 km
Ascent: 22683m
Munros: 4
Grahams: 3
Hewitts: 28
Wainwrights 34

2011

Trips: 18
Distance: 162.53 km
Ascent: 12643m
Munros: 5
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 7
Wainwrights 24

2010

Trips: 2
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 950m
Munros: 1
Hewitts: 1
Wainwrights 1


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