A long walk from Bull Pot Farm.
Day 1. Bull Pot Farm to
With a few days to spare I decided on a backpacking trip across the Dales. I set off from the farm in steady drizzle which soon turned to rain as I made my way clown the green lane to Barbondale. I stuck my head down and got on with it. I was buzzed continually along the road by numerous cyclists, going from Lands End to John O’Groats. I soon got fed up saying ‘Good Morning’ to them all & just grunted back. As I reached Dentdale the rain subsided, but the cyclists kept coming. I took refuge in a shop a had a pasty.
now l had joined the “Dalesway” footpath which follows the river
pleasant day, cool wind, overcast but bright. After breaking camp I continued
east on the Dalesway to the hamlet of Oughtershaw on the Buckden - Hawes road.
This is a pleasant, picturesque Dales hamlet and looked appealing in the
morning sunlight. Here the Dalesway follows the road south over the hill into
Langstrothdale, the head of Wharfedale. At Beckermonds, I turned away from the
river Wharfe & the Dalesway up Langstrothdale. The upper end of this valley
is a peaceful place. Three miles further on the road ends & is very little
used. My route led up through limestone scars and a plantation to join the
After a break for dinner at this spot, I trekked down Past Sell Gill Holes to Horton. I limped the last mile to the Post Office. Here I revived after a Danish pastry & a can of pop. I was tempted to stop in Horton with its pub, cafe, etc. but it was far too early - only 3 p.m. so I set off up the lower slopes of Ingleborough, past Horton Station up towards Sulber Nick, turning south to follow a wall across the limestone pavements of Moughton. From here the path drops down into Crummock Dale, through the lush, green meadows near Austwick Beck Head, where I pitched my tent. Not long afterwards the clag came down, and the rain soon followed - I was glad to have the tent up,
Day 3. Austwick Beck Head to Bull Pot Farm. - l2miles, Leave 9:30a.m. Ingleton 12:40p.m. & Bull Pot Farm 5:10p.m. .
morning. A rather lethargic start. Washed my sore feet in the stream & set
off via Clapham Bottoms for Gaping Gill. Arriving on the Allotment, I found a
party lost looking for G.G., after putting them right I made my way to Stream
Passage Pot. The entrance is looking unstable again. From here I carried on
westward towards Long Kin West Pot, but somehow I wandered down too low &
ended up on the pavement above Grey Scars then I slipped on some wet clints and
twisted my knee & ankle. After a rest & much cursing, I continued on my
way down to Crina Bottom & staggered down the lane into Ingleton, to be revived
in Bernies Cafe. (Pie & Chips & two mugs of tea). Here I left my sac
with Steve Round for collection later, (Is this cheating?) The route from
Ingleton continues along a pleasant footpath to the
I rested briefly at Lost Johns and then on down Leck Fell via Rumbling Hole. Another rest in Easegill Beck with the sky looking threatening, however the rain held off until I reached the farm.
A long walk with some grand situations.