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Climbers on Slipstone Crags
Climbers on Slipstone Crags

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Route No. 426 - Sunday 26th June 2011
Ellingstring, Witton Moor, Slipstone Crags,
Gollinglith Foot circuit - 10km
Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map:OS Explorer OL30 Map of Yorkshire Dales Northern & Central areas
and OS Explorer 302 Northallerton & Thirsk, Catterick & Bedale at 1:25000


Agra Moor and the Three Haws
Agra Moor and the Three Haws

Descent from Agra Moor
Descent from Agra Moor

Slipstone Crags
Slipstone Crags

Then, before the track bent right at SE 140838, we turned off left on to a rough moorland track which headed south over Agra Moor. Passing bog cotton and the first blooms of heather we reached an area of peat before descending towards Colsterdale on a heavily eroded track. On our left rock climbers were active on Slipstone Crags and to our right were splendid views up the dale to a skyline of Masham Moor and South, Great and Little Haw.

As forecast, the day was hot despite partial cloud cover-the sort of day when elderly folk are recommended to relax indoors with the windows open. We parked by the road junction half a kilometre west of Ellingstring (SE 166837) and followed the "Public Footpath" sign through a large gate to take a well-maintained vehicle track which ran due west for 2.5 km along moorland on our left and passing a conifer wood on the right.

Colsterdale
Colsterdale

Slipstone Crags
Slipstone Crags

South Haw from Colsterdale
South Haw on the horizon, seen from Colsterdale

Eroded Descent from Agra Moor
Eroded Descent from Agra Moor

River Burn in Gollinglith Foot
River Burn in Gollinglith Foot

After a further 130 metres at SE 14440 81343 we branched right off the road on to a narrow path through high bracken to reach a stile leading into pasture with Body Close House on our left. The route downhill gradually moved closer to the River Burn, reaching it as we returned to the surfaced road which we then used for the next half kilometre to Gollinglith Foot.

The path here was severely eroded to a depth of well over a metre but at SE140815 we reached a grassy track and 40 metres later we forked right downhill, with a variety of wildflowers underfoot, including tormentil, lesser stitchwort and speedwell, to merge with a single-lane surfaced road.

Colsterdale and South Haw
Colsterdale and South Haw

Our path climbing around Agra Crags
Our path climbing around Agra Crags

Approaching High Agra
Approaching High Agra

Heading towards Gir Beck bridge
Heading towards Gir Beck bridge

The climb continued through rough pasture to High Agra where we veered right to a farm gate by the corner of a wood. After following the edge of the wood to its end we bore left across rough pasture to Gir Beck. Beyond the bridge we left the track on a northeast bearing towards a farm gate leading into moorland. From here the route to Angram Cote farm at Ellingstring was straight and followed a stone wall, at first on our left, but then, as we reached Ellingstring Plantation, on our right. At the farm we turned left to the car, some 400 metres away.

On the way we passed a grassy rest area and a small lake at SE 1497 8123. In Gollinglith Foot where the Gir Beck joins the river Burn, each with its own footbridge, we made a U-turn left to climb quite steeply on a track, with a house on our right, to reach the Agra Crags Plantation where we turned left initially towards Low Agra farm but then bore right with a wall on our right.

Leaving High Agra
Leaving High Agra

Path by a stone wall heading to Ellingstring
Path by a stone wall heading to Ellingstring