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Returning to Carlton village over Carlton Moor
Returning to Carlton village over Carlton Moor

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Route No. 375 - Saturday 2 October 2010
Penhill and West Burton
from Carlton in Coverdale - 19km
Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales. . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

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


My wife and I are on holiday this week and most of our usual group were missing today so just three of our friends met in Carlton in Coverdale for the monthly walk on a fine warm October day. The route was led by Peter Crosby who also took the photographs, and here is his account of the walk:-

The car park at Carlton village hall
The car park at Carlton village hall

Looking up the hillside to the ridge of Penhill
Looking up the hillside to the ridge of Penhill

Ahead of us was the distinctive shape of Penhill. Penhill and surroundings now have open access designation giving us the right to follow our chosen ways over this hill rather than having to follow the rights of way as in the past.

Having paid a donation into the honesty box we started our walk from the village hall car park (SE069847) heading E for about 100meters before turning NW and followed the footpath close to Micklethwaite Gill, signposted to Melmerby Moor.

Start of the path next to Micklethwaite Gill
Start of the path next to Micklethwaite Gill

Climbing up the hillside towards Penhill
Climbing up the hillside towards Penhill

Shooters track heading for Ramsgill Head
Shooters track heading for Ramsgill Head

A grouse shooting butt on Penhill
A grouse shooting butt on Penhill

We arrived at the wall above Black Scar and the view through the gate is a magnificent panorama of this part of Wensleydale, showing the historic Bolton Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in the sixteenth century. Down at the bottom of the valley hidden in the trees are the famous falls at Aysgarth. We were not heading for these falls today, but to the falls at West Burton instead.

Emerging out of the last wall (SE064858) we took the left turn along a shooters track heading for Ramsgill Head, observing many different fungi along the way. We stopped for a quick drink at the top of the short climb and we could look back towards a sunny Coverdale. We continued on the shooters track, which is now extended over the moor to Black Scar, an extension not yet shown on OS map and follows a line of shooting butts.

Looking back to Coverdale as we climbed up to Black Scar
Looking back to Coverdale as we climbed up to Black Scar

Penhill Crags
Penhill Crags

Looking across Wensleydale from Penhill Crags
Looking across Wensleydale from Penhill Crags

the escarpment edge above Penhill
The escarpment edge above Penhill crags

Following a wall down from Penhill
Following a wall down from Penhill

Looking over the caravan site at Chantry
Looking over the caravan site at Chantry

We then followed the wall down passing through old workings and through new stiles whenever walls are met until we were back on a Right of Way at Flint lane. On the way down we could see the caravan site at Chantry that we would pass through shortly.

First though we headed east along the escarpment edge above Penhill crags towards the trig point at map reference SE051867 and then around to the 'Pile of stones'. Here we descended NE on the bridle way leaving it immediately we passed through the first wall.

Beginning the descent from "the Pile of stones"
Beginning the descent from "the Pile of stones"

Looking back to the ridge of Penhill
Looking back to the ridge of Penhill

Stile on the way to Flint Lane
Stile on the way to Flint Lane

The path crossed High Lane
The path crossed High Lane

Langthwaite
Langthwaite Lane

Lunch stop near the old preceptory
Lunch stop near the old preceptory

We followed the ancient lane heading for the old preceptory of the Knights Templar, but before then we stopped for lunch at a fine viewpoint SE040886. After our brief lunch stop we continued down to the Penhill preceptory.

We continued downwards across Flint Lane and then crossed High Lane, glancing back upwards we could see Penhill before we crossed the fields and passed through the caravan site to the beginning of Langthwaite Lane at SE054882.

The path crossed High Lane
The path crossed High Lane

Langthwaite
Langthwaite Lane

Ancient marker dated 1567
Ancient marker dated 1567

Knights Templar's  chapel - Penhill Preceptory
Knights Templar's chapel - Penhill Preceptory

Stile at Penhill Preceptory
Stile at Penhill Preceptory

a line of dead moles strung up on a fence in traditional style
A line of dead moles strung up in traditional style

Waterfall on Walden Beck at West Burton
Waterfall on Walden Beck at West Burton

At SE023872 we took the track south through a wood before heading down through fields to the waterfall at West Burton with plenty of water cascading over the falls after the recent heavy rain.

We then followed the track above the wood around to Morpeth Gate. We stayed on this track only for a short while passing a line of dead moles strung up on a fence in traditional style.

track above the wood around to Morpeth
Track above the wood around to Morpeth Gate

Waterfall on Walden Beck at West Burton
Waterfall on Walden Beck at West Burton

Waterfall on Walden Beck at West Burton
Waterfall on Walden Beck at West Burton

Heading down through fields to the waterfall at West Burton
Heading down through fields to the waterfall at West Burton

The splendid Dales village of West Burton
The splendid Dales village of West Burton

The splendid Dales village of West Burton
The splendid Dales village of West Burton

We took tea and delicious cake with Wensleydale cheese at the Fox and Hounds pub, the ?village teashop? only selling machine tea in cardboard cups.

After inspecting the falls we made our way up through the splendid Dales village of West Burton.

The splendid Dales village of West Burton
The splendid Dales village of West Burton

The splendid Dales village of West Burton
The splendid Dales village of West Burton

Footbridge over Walden Beck
Footbridge over Walden Beck

Looking back over Walden Dale
Looking back over Walden Dale

Two hungry locals
Two hungry locals

We climbed the bridleway over to Coverdale past Howden Lodge shooting lodge and down to the car park in Carlton as the light started to fade observed closely by two locals who appeared to think we had come to feed them.
Peter Crosby

After our tea stop we followed the road south out of the village to the footpath at SE017862 down to Walden Beck and crossed at the footbridge. We followed the path along the beck back to the road before heading East at SE019854 past the old Braithwaite Lead Smelt Mill remains.

the old Braithwaite Lead Smelt Mill
The old Braithwaite Lead Smelt Mill Chimney

Bridleway climbing up from Walden Dale towards Coverdale
Bridleway climbing up from Walden Dale towards Coverdale

Looking across Carlton Moor
Looking across Carlton Moor

Howden Lodge shooting lodge
Howden Lodge shooting lodge

The path past Howden Lodge shooting lodge on Carlton Moor
The path past Howden Lodge shooting lodge on Carlton Moor