Ickornshaw - Earl Crag - Slippery Ford - Pennine Way

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One of WalkingWorld's series of Pennine Way walks. After a brief stretch overlooking a small wooded valley near Cowling, the walk climbs steeply up to Earl Crag and spectacular views over the Aire Valley and beyond. Watch out for curlew here. On reaching Wainman's Pinnacle at Earl Crag, the walk takes us along this rocky edge to the second of Earl Crag's monuments, Lund's Tower, where there is an opportunity to climb the spiral staircase to the top. Like Stoodley Pike, you will find that you are in total darkness for a number of steps.

After a kilometre of country lane-walking, the walk passes through the pastureland above Sutton-in-Craven, before climbing gradually to Sutton Moor. After skirting the beautiful valley of Newsholme Dean (we stay on the road here, to gain the best views of the Dean), we drop to Slippery Ford and then begin the gentle but relentless climb up to Keighley Moor Reservoir and onwards to the Pennine Way.

The Pennine Way now takes us more gently across the moor, before dropping through mixed terrain back to Ickornshaw and a well-deserved pint at the Black Bull Inn.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Pennines


Ancient Monument, Birds, Church, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub, Public Transport, Waterfall
11/7/2012 - Alwyne Lomax

Great walk great directions .Thanks Mr Roebuck.

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