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Message posted by heather + phil on 17/11/2013 at 9:35am
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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to drive up to the Yorkshire Dales and spend a couple of days doing some walking and camping.

I managed to park at Grassington and found myself walking to Kettlewell along the Dales Way route. It was a lovely bright day and I thought I would make my way onto Hawswick Clowder, but changed my mind when I saw the lovely view I could have of Kettlewell in the evening.

I settled for a spot near a trig pillar and cooked a nice tea of rice, pork and veg stir-fry, all washed down with a cup of tea and whisky. Then I settled in my bag for the night. This is when the wind decided to whip up a frenzy, lasting the whole night, and it lashed it down with rain. I'm surprised my shelter didn't blow away and performed rather well, although it did look a little ragged in the morning.

This is when I knew I should be getting up, so very reluctantly, I squeezed out of my bag and got dressed. The wind was ice cold and my legs were sticking out of the shelter. It didn't take long before I was feeling the cold and after much effort, I got my trangia to fire up. It took ages for the water to boil and I thought I would cook breakfast when I came down from the moors.

After packing up, I found the Hawswick path and discovered an old quarry which was perfect for a camp (DOH!!) and cooking breakfast, so I had some bacon rolls and set off for Kettlewell.

From Kettlewell, I took a trail which got me on Slatepit Rigg. I made my way to Capplestone Gate, then made my way back onto Dales Way, and finally my starting point at the beautiful village of Grassington.

It was a very interesting area with bell pits, lime kilns and shake holes, as well as breath taking views. I had promised myself that I would do more walking in this area and it didn't disappoint.





Kettlewell
   





Kettlewell at night




Disused mines nr Capplestone Gate




I could put loads more pics up, but I'll leave at at that. Thanks for looking.




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Message posted by robnchar on 17/11/2013 at 1:44pm
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The Dales are perfect for wild camping . The campsite at Kettlewell was a great stop off point for Dales way walkers but alas it is no more

Message posted by John in Leeds on 17/11/2013 at 1:51pm
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Nice story and pics, thanks

If you'd dropped off the top and down to Cote gill you could have spent a peaceful night here



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Message posted by heather + phil on 17/11/2013 at 5:31pm
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I did wonder about the campsite, robnchar, and I get the feeling I've missed out on that one . It's just not practical, or affordable, to make many jaunts to the area.

That's very kind, John in Leeds, thanks. I've looked at the o/s and your pic looks very beautiful, though it looks fairly steep! Have you camped there? I think wherever you stick a pin, beauty is a given to us campers who dare to wander!

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Yep with my feet downhill was a bit close to the waterfall for a peaceful night but I had to try

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Message posted by heather + phil on 17/11/2013 at 9:27pm
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HA!HA! Yours are obviously bigger than mine, mate, and I bet the extra mile put a bigger smile on your face? It's what it's all about. You should write that one up.

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Message posted by moorlander999 on 17/11/2013 at 11:17pm
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Message posted by heather + phil on 18/11/2013 at 8:37am
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What is it that you do, moorlander999?

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Message posted by heath63 on 19/11/2013 at 9:17am
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Fab pictures, thanks for sharing. I wish I had the same fitness levels 10/15 yrs ago, I would be up on the moors and mountains wild camping.

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You don't have to walk a thousand miles to find a suitable site, heath63, I'm always on the look out in local woodlands etc.

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The place on the waterfall picture is just under 2 miles of road walking (easy) and just over 1 mile of footpath (medium) from the Dales bus stop at Skirfare bridge. Services from Skipton, Ilkley and Leeds.

Carried my camping gear on the top end of the Dales way earlier this year. Didn't wild camp though. Us pensioners can do it with a little planning

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What is it that you do, moorlander999?



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Message posted by heath63 on 19/11/2013 at 7:20pm
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Quote: Originally posted by heather + phil on 19/11/2013
You don't have to walk a thousand miles to find a suitable site, heath63, I'm always on the look out in local woodlands etc.



I am carrying excess weight,. My stamina levels are down. I did 2 1/2 hr bike ride. I enjoyed the fast wheeling, the only thing was , i dismounted to walk up the inclines,. It did give the dog a chance to catch up and for a rest Lolol

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Lovely part of the world. I stay there regularly at a place called Scargill about half a mile away. They have a thing called Summerfest that I camp at, but the rest of the year I cheat and take a room!!! http://www.scargillmovement.org/

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Scargill house at kettlewell is a great place to visit particularly the chapel even if you are not religious as the architecture is amazing.

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