Thursday, 9 March 2017

Grass Wood and limestone scenery

Yet another one of those walks which I didn't set out to do. I had intended going up to Kettlewell and doing something from there but there was a parking spot going begging on the back road from Grassington and it was free so I thought, hey, why not.

The woods aren't really that appealing as they are a bit too overgrown in places and the views are nonexistent but it was the open moorland above the woods which I wanted to explore. Last year I'd had a great walk up through Conistone Dib to The Dales Way so was hoping for the same sort of scenery.

Once out of the woods I was in classic limestone country. Gnarly old trees were plentiful, growing out of the fissures in the limestone rocks. It always amazes me how these trees survive but survive they do. Just to the north there were a series of limestone scars and beyond that I could see the Dales way heading up to Conistone and Kettlewell.

I hadn't really wanted to come back down through the woods so tried to find a path down through open countryside. The limestone scars to the north looked to be the best bet but it soon became obvious that the path I found was heading down to Conistone. I didn't really relish a walk back along the narrow country lane so reluctantly I did an about turn.

A walk wouldn't be a proper walk without me getting lost somewhere along the way and true to form I did. I somehow missed part of the path coming back down through the woods but, more by luck than judgement, I managed to find it again and continued back to my starting point without further incident.

A quick coffee at the Kilnsey Trout Farm cafe finished my day nicely.

Grass Wood

Grass Wood

Wharfedale

Wharfedale

Kinsey Crag

Trees above the woods.

A gnarly loner

Seen better days!

Limestone scars

Limestone scars

Grass Wood

Whinlatter Forest

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