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Swaledale ewes hoping to be fed
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Route No. 94 - 7 February 2004
East Witton, Gollinglith Foot,
River Burn - 14km
Wensleydale . . .

Map:OS Explorer OL30 Map of Yorkshire Dales Northern & Central areas
and OS Explorer 302 Northallerton & Thirsk, Catterick & Bedale at 1:25000
Ordnance Survey route map on the Landranger series map base

 


Spring flowers on the village green at East Witton
Spring flowers on the village green at East Witton

We managed to make our way to the edge of the woods and rejoin the proper path. We dropped down to Gollinglith Foot and turned right along the road following the river Burn up stream. After a few hundred metres we found a pleasant spot to sit by the river for our lunch. The sky was quite black over Wensleydale, and quite bright and sunny to the south giving us a splendid complete rainbow over the hill we had just descended. I tried to take a photo of it only to find that the batteries in my camera had given up the ghost. After lunch we continued along the road up a short sharp hill to turn off right onto a bridleway at map ref. SE 143814. We climbed to rocky eroded track between Slipstone Crags and Brown Beck Crags to cross the boggy top of Witton moor and drop down to Snowden Beck Farm. We stayed on the permissive path from Witton moor all the way back to our starting point at East Witton. The whole route had been about 14km. and had taken us four and a half hours including a couple of stops.

This morning we drove to East Witton in Wensleydale to meet a group of friends for our monthly walk together. One couple went to West Witton (allegedly due to my instructions!!) so it was around 11am before the mix up was sorted by mobile phone and we could at last begin our walk. It was quite a bright day with a strong cold wind. At the eastern end of the village, at map ref SE 144859, we turned right to follow the lane and then the track to Thirsting Castle Lodge, where we took the path up the hill through Grey Yaud Plantation to the road at map ref.SE 166 837. We walked along the road for about 400m and turned right onto a footpath that runs along the edge of a wood and then across fields to Gollinglith Foot, a tiny hamlet about three kilometer away. We were all chatting away and set off into the wood along a wide grassy track. After about 750m the track crossed a little valley and turned sharp left. This is not right - we should be skirting the edge of the wood. We had just followed the easy track and not kept an eye on the map.

The parish church at East Witton
The parish church at East Witton

Crossing Deep Gill Beck
Crossing Deep Gill Beck

East Witton village green
East Witton village green

The wrong track through Ellingstring Plantation
The wrong track through Ellingstring Plantation

View down Deep Gill Beck to the N. York Moors
View down Deep Gill Beck to the N. York Moors

Wintry sky-line above Wensleydale
Wintery sky-line above Wensleydale