Winskill Stones Revisited

After my walk alone this morning it is time to get the boots laced up again and head out with Lynnie and the boys. For this afternoon’s jamabout we are heading to one of Lynnie’s favourite spots in this area, Winskill Stones and the nearby meadows.

Leaving Brigholme Farm CL we turn right and head into Settle and leave the centre of town by Constitution Hill soon joining the walled footpath as it heads steadily uphill on the route of the Pennine Bridleway.

Passing through a gate we stay on the bridleway as it continues below Blua Crags.  From here there are views of Langcliffe High Mill, a packaging company now uses this former paper mill.

We continue along the bridleway enjoying the far-reaching views on this clear afternoon.

At a minor road we turn right to head steeply uphill along it.

After a gate by a cattle grid we take a path on the left that initially heads down the driveway towards Upper Winskill.

This is access land so we soon leave the road to head across an area of limestone pavement.

From here we head towards Upper Winskill and then take the path leading down the driveway towards Lower Winskill.  After a few hundred yards we go through a gate in the wall to enter meadow pasture.

There is an abundance of wild flowers and Lynnie is kept busy with the camera.

The pathway is clear and after going through a gate we turn to the right to steadily descend the end of Stainforth Scar.

Through another gate and we are in a field of pasture, within seconds I am bitten on the knee by some nasty fly. Then Lynnie gets bitten on the hand. Unusually I am wearing shorts. For years this was my preferred attire for walking but the increased risk of tick bites and their associated dangers along with my tendency to have a bad reaction to any insect bite means I usually wear trousers these day.  Cursing our luck we immediately apply antihistamine cream to our bites.  Being a cautious chap I always carry some in my rucksack.

The bites have taken the edge off what up until now has been a cracking walk.  The footpath leads us to a wall-lined track that we follow back into Langcliffe.

Walking through the village we stop so that the dogs can have a drink from the water fountain, Dexter is keen to jump in to cool down! Then we head down to the main road and turn left towards Settle, soon taking the minor lane on the left (The Highway) which takes us back into Settle via Constitution Hill.  From the market square we head back to Brigholme CL.

Our little wander has covered six miles.  Just enough for all of us on a warm afternoon.  Now it is time to make sure I have all I need for the Three Peaks Challenge tomorrow.

To view this 6 mile walk on OS Maps Click Here

To follow our walk you will need Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure Map OL2  – Yorkshire Dales – Southern & Western Area

5thJune 2018

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