Crummack Dale

Crummack Dale

Yorkshire Dales

Route: Crummack Dale

Area: Yorkshire Dales

Date of walk: 15th October 2013

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 9.4 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

On the way to the start point Austwick I took a diversion to nearby Stainforth Force, having been inspired by the sight of leaping salmon there on Sunday’s walk. It was a good decision as the salmon were out in force, and I had lots of close sightings of this wonderful spectacle. I could have stayed there all day

Having caught a few salmon (on camera), I drove on to Austwick and walked out of the pretty village, heading uphill to inspect the Norber Erratics. These are massive rocks, 430 million years old, and named erratics as they’re in the wrong place, having been deposited on top of the local limestone by glaciers. After wandering around this interesting area for a while I walked north along Thwaite Scars, then turned east to walk along the Moughton Scar, a fantastic limestone pavement with great views in all directions

After leaving the Scar, there followed an easy walk back down to valley level and then into Austwick, the start point. The weather had been indifferent with just a few bright patches, but the scenery was fantastic

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