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An erratic boulder on its limestone plinth at Norber
An erratic boulder on its limestone plinth at Norber

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Route No. 950217
Clapham, Thwaite Lane, Norber Erratics,
Crummack Dale, Moughton Scars, Clapham Lane,
Long Lane circuit - 16km
Yorkshire Dales . . .

Map: OS Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western areas

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Route No. 950217
Clapham, Thwaite Lane, Norber Erratics, Crummack Dale,
Moughton Scars, Clapham Lane, Long Lane circuit - 16km
Yorkshire Dales . . .

Map: OS Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western areas

General Directions (see markers on the route map)

1.) Start in the Yorkshire Dales village of Clapham at map ref. SD745693 next to the stone wall of the churchyard (St. James) at the start of a stony track, called Thwaite Lane, where there is usually room to park. Follow this stony track climbing uphill through two tunnels (built to preserve the privacy of the occupiers of Ingleborough Hall). From the starting point follow Thwaite Lane for about 1.5km to map ref. SD760691. Turn left off Thwaite Lane here and follow the public footpath across the fields below Robin Proctors Scar for about 800m to map ref. SD766697. Turn left here and follow the path up through the scar to Norber to see the Norber Erratics (Numerous large boulders transported by glaciers from Crummack Dale and deposited here on the limestone as the ice retreated at the end of the ice age. The limestone beneath the boulders has not been eroded as quickly as the surrounding limestone pavement and the boulders are left on short plinths of limestone)

2.) From Norber retrace the route back to the foot of the scar (map ref. SD766697) and turn left to follow the path down to Crummack Lane at map ref. SD771696. At Crummack Lane turn left and follow the lane heading generally northwards for about 1km to a junction in the tracks. Turn right at this junction and follow this track for about 500m over a ford across Austwick Beck and up to a junction in the track at map ref. SD776704. At this junction turn sharp left to follow the track up Crummack Dale for about 2km to the foot of Moughton Scars. From the wall at the end of the track follow the path for about 300m climbing up to the top of the scars at map ref. SD787721.

3.) At the top of the scars at map ref. SD787721, turn left off the public footpath to follow a path marked by a series of cairns across open access land around the edge of Moughton Scars for about 1km to Beggar's Stile Cairn. Here the route joins a public footpath coming up from Crummack Dale on the left through the scars to the limestone pavement at the top. Continue along this footpath for about 600m to a bridleway along a track called Clapham Lane at map ref. SD776732.

4.) At map ref. SD776732, turn left to follow the bridleway along Clapham Lane past Sulber Gate, through the limestone pavement. Continue along the Clapham Lane track for about 2.5km to map ref. SD758716 where the track turns sharp left above Trow Gill and becomes Long Lane following the valley of Clapham Beck downstream. Ingleborough Cave is a little way down the valley on the opposite side.

5.) From Trow Gill continue along the Long Lane track with the valley of Clapham Beck below to the right of the track for 2km to a 'T'-junction with Thwaite Lane. At this junction turn right and retrace the outward route along Thwaite Lane for about 600m through the tunnels and back to the parking spot by the church and the end of the walk.


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