EAST CHESHIRE RAM­BLERS Sun­day roast fol­lows clas­sic York­shire walk

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE - COLIN PARK

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

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