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Climbing the bridleway from Woodhall to the limestone scars overlooking
Climbing the bridleway from Woodhall to the limestone scars overlooking Wensleydale

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Route No. 336 - Wednesday 21 April 2010
Askrigg, River Ure, Woodhall, Ellerkin Scar,
Whitfield Gill circuit - 15km
Wensleydale . . .

Route map from Bing maps.

Map: OS Explorer OL30 Yorkshire Dales Northern & Central areas at 1:25000


Leaving Askrigg heading for Nappa Mill and Woodhall
Leaving Askrigg heading for Nappa Mill and Woodhall

St Oswald's church in Askrigg where we parked
St Oswald's church in Askrigg where we parked

Rabbit warren by the track out of Askrigg
Rabbit warren by the track out of Askrigg

The track heading for Nappa Mill
The track heading for Nappa Mill

We followed the lane and then a path across the fields for about 700m to a minor road. We came on to the road near a junction and there we took the lane to Nappa Mill.

This morning my mate, Jim, and I drove to the village of Askrigg in Wensleydale. We parked in front of the church at map ref. SD948910 and set off walking along a lane between the houses opposite.

The cobbled area in front of the church
The cobbled area in front of the church

Ewe and lambs in the spring sunshine
Ewe and lambs in the spring sunshine

The lane at Nappa Mill
The lane at Nappa Mill

Ellerkin Scar from the path near Nappa Mill
Ellerkin Scar from the path near Nappa Mill

The River Ure from the path by the disused railway approaching Woodhall
The River Ure from the path by the disused railway approaching Woodhall

Path along the old railway bed heading for Woodhall
Path along the old railway bed heading for Woodhall

Entering Woodhall along the lane
Entering Woodhall along the lane

Zig-zag track up the hillside
Zig-zag track up the hillside

We crossed the road and took the track opposite to climb up the steep hillside. The track zig-zagged up the hill and after about 300m at a sharp left hand bend in the track we continued straight up the hillside along a bridleway to the limestone scars above.

At Nappa Mill we turned off the lane to follow the path alongside the bed of a disused railway for about 1.3km to a lane at map ref. SD973901 on the edge of the hamlet of Woodhall. At the lane we turned left to walk up through Woodhall to the road from Askrigg.

Approaching the lane at Woodhall
Approaching the lane at Woodhall

Approaching the Askrigg road in Woodhall
Approaching the Askrigg road in Woodhall

Looking back over Woodhall
Looking back over Woodhall

Looking across Wensleydale to the distinctive shape of Addlebrough
Looking across Wensleydale to the distinctive shape of Addlebrough

Continuing our climb up the valley side towards the limestone scars
Continuing our climb up the valley side towards the limestone scars

Continuing our climb up the valley side towards the limestone scars
Continuing our climb up the valley side towards the limestone scars

A feisty Swaledale tupp seeing us off his territory
A feisty Swaledale tupp seeing us off his territory

A rabbit skul with the lower jaw missing
A rabbit skull with the lower jaw missing

After about 250m we came to the next dry stone wall field boundary. At the wall we turned right to follow the wall to the top edge of the field. We walked through a gate at the corner of the field and then made out way diagonally across the rough pasture to the escarpment at the corner of the field.

About 1.4km from our turning off the track we passed though a gateway and climbed up a short slope. Here, roughly on the 460m contour, we turned left off the bridleway onto the open access land and walked along the edge of the developing escarpment

Track up a short steep slope
Track up a short steep slope

Our first view along the limestone scars
Our first view along the limestone scars

Looking back along the limestone scars and down Wensleydale
Looking back along the limestone scars and down Wensleydale

Path along the edge of the escarpment & the limestone scars
Path along the edge of the escarpment & the limestone scars

After about 1.5km from our turning off the bridleway we reached the north western end of Ellerkin Scar at map ref. SD959925.

We followed a path along the edge of the escarpment topped by the limestone scars. There were lovely views across Wensleydale all the way along the edge.

Path along the edge of the escarpment & the limestone scars
Path along the edge of the escarpment & the limestone scars

Path along the edge of the escarpment & the limestone scars
Path along the edge of the escarpment & the limestone scars

Path along the edge of the escarpment & the limestone scars
Path along the edge of the escarpment & the limestone scars

We went through the gate and turned left to follow a track along the wall
We went through the gate and turned left to follow a track along the wall

At the road we turned left to walk along the road
At the road we turned left to walk along the road

Looking down Wensleydale from the road
Looking down Wensleydale from the road

We followed the road down hill for about 1.5km to a junction at a sharp left hand bend with a very pleasant view down into Wensleydale and back to the limestone scars above that we had just left. We continued along the road for about 100m beyond the bend to a walled track on our right.

Here we turned right to walk directly away from the scars across some rough pasture of coarse tufty grass for about 250m to a field gate in the wall. We went through the gate and turned left to follow a track along the wall and then out to the road at map ref. SD958930. At the road we turned left to walk along the road.

Looking back to Ellerkin Scar above us
Looking back to Ellerkin Scar above us

Looking back along the road
Looking back along the road

Ellerkin Scar seen from the road
Ellerkin Scar seen from the road

Low Straights Lane
Low Straights Lane

We followed a footpath through the woods above a steep sided little valley. Below us we could hear the waterfall called Whitfield Gill Force but we couldn't see it through the trees.

We turned off the road and walked along the track called Low Straights Lane, for about 1.7km to map ref. SD934922 where we turned left off the track.

Our turning off Low Straights Lane
Our turning off Low Straights Lane

Path down into the valley of Whitfield Gill
Path down into the valley of Whitfield Gill

Footbridge over Whitefield Gill
Footbridge over Whitefield Gill

Path heading downstream to Askrigg from the footbridge
Path heading downstream to Askrigg from the footbridge

Path heading downstream to Askrigg from the footbridge
Path heading downstream to Askrigg from the footbridge

After a steep climb we reached a dead end in the thick bushes at map ref. SD934922, with a steep drop down into the valley but we still had no sight of the waterfall. We retraced our steps to the footbridge and took the footpath following the stream down the valley.

We followed the path down to a footbridge over the stream with a pretty little waterfall upstream of the bridge. We crossed the bridge and followed a narrow path climbing up the other side of the valley and heading back upstream towards Whitfield Gill Force.

Waterfall upstream of the footbridge
Waterfall upstream of the footbridge

Path heading downstream to Askrigg from the footbridge
Path heading downstream to Askrigg from the footbridge

Lambs by the path
Lambs by the path

Path heading downstream to Askrigg from the footbridge
Path heading downstream to Askrigg from the footbridge

Wood anemonies by the path
Wood anemones by the path

Footbridge over the stream near Askrigg
Footbridge over the stream near Askrigg

Causeway across the field to Askrigg
Causeway across the field to Askrigg

We left our gear in the car and crossed the road to a little cafe opposite where we had a coffee and one of the best bacon sandwiches I can remember! A fitting end to a spectacular walk across Ellerkin Scar.

After about 1.2km we crossed a footbridge over the stream at map ref. SD942912. From there we followed a causeway across the field to a lane on the edge of Askrigg at map ref. SD944911. We continued along the lane for about 400m back into Askrigg and our car parked in front of the church.

Path heading downstream to Askrigg
Path heading downstream to Askrigg

Free range cockerel on the wall by the path
Free range cockerel on the wall by the path

Looking across the valley to Aldbrough as we neared Askrigg
Looking across the valley to Addlebrough as we neared Askrigg

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