Yorkshire Dales

Route: Marske

Area: Yorkshire Dales

Date of walk: 9th September 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 8.1 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Sunny at first but clouded over, very windy

I parked by the bridge just outside the small village of Marske. There’s a small car park here owned by the nearby church suggesting a small payment, which I was happy to make. As I walked past the church at the start of the walk happy memories came back of the last time Gilly and I were here – during our Coast to Coast walk 15 years ago

A path leads from the bridge into Clints Wood, although I took a slightly longer course in order to walk through the village. I joined a track leading through Clints Wood, with the limestone scar known as Clints Scar towering above on my right

After Orgate Farm there followed a down and an up across the valley, past Telfit Farm and round the shoulder of Cold Bank. Beyond Helwith I followed a path beside Shaw Beck, an area where the rabbit population must be about the same size as that of London – they were everywhere and so were their warrens. Watch your step here, as a broken ankle caused by a rabbit could cause embarrassment

Beyond some disused lead mines I rounded a corner at the far point of the walk and entered onto Skelton Moor. Moorland walks usually enable quick progress to be made as was the case today and before long I was descending back to the start of what had been a very enjoyable walk

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