Yockenthwaite Moor (643m)
Trig Point: SD 909 811
Walked: 17th November 2010
Distance: 12 km (7.5 miles)
Time taken: 5 hours
Start/Finish: White Lion Inn, Cray, Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales
Weather: Cold, overcast with outbreaks of rain, strong winds and thick mist on the summit. Sleet and snow showers above 500 metres. Poor visibility in the mist.
Height gain: 320 metres
Summit Cairn: 643 metres
Route: From the White Lion at Cray, we followed the footpath west to reach the FB across Crook Gill, then followed Crook Gill (and a stone wall/fence) northwards up through this steep-sided valley, passing several attractive waterfalls. At the head of this stream, we continued up alongside the wall to reach the dried-up Cray Tarn (boggy/marshy) from where it was a short walk across peat hags to the fence along the top of the broad moorland ridge (Cray Moss). We then turned west and followed this fence-line across path hags, moorland and bog for almost 2-km to reach the Trig Point (no views thanks to the thick mist). From the Trig Point we took a bearing of 154 degrees (south-east) to hit the wall just above a stream junction in the upper reaches of Strans Gill, which we then followed down to a gate through this wall/fence near Knott Barn (SD 916 792). After crossing Strans Gill, we headed east then south-east to pick up the footpath just above Scar House. We followed this path back to Cray. OL30 map and compass required for this walk. No dogs allowed on this moorland.
Photos of the walk
These photos are in order, and the files are named. Copyright Mark Reid 2010