EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS Sunday roast follows classic Yorkshire walk
EAST Cheshire Ramblers took on a classic walk in the Yorkshire Dales recently, using Skipton railway station as their starting point and travelling by train as far as Horton in Ribblesdale before setting out on an ambitious 15-mile walk to reach Kettlewell by late afternoon.
Led by Colin Park, the route initially followed the Pennine Way to the summit of the 694m (2,290ft) Pen-y-ghent where they were rewarded with excellent views before heading south down the steep and rocky slope to Churn Milk Hole, a sink hole formed after the last Ice Age.
After a picnic lunch, the party descended into Littondale – one of the lesser-known Dales where time appears to have stood still for centuries.
Although the River Skirfare usually runs along the valley, it often disappears underground during drier periods, as on this occasion.
From Littondale the walkers continued through the Scoska Wood Nature Reserve to arrive at Arncliffe for an afternoon break in its peaceful churchyard.
The village was the original setting for the fictional village of Beckindale in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale.
The final part of the walk involved climbing a steep path through Byre Bank Wood and scrambling over a rocky band of limestone before descending into Upper Wharfedale and heading for Kettlewell in order to catch the last bus back to Skipton in time for a hearty Sunday roast at a pub accompanied, of course, by Yorkshire pudding.
For further information go to ramblers eastcheshire.org.uk.
●● Leader Colin Park (centre) points out the route before setting off from Skipton railway station