2019_06_30 Blubberhouses

Leader : Nigel Medcalf.          Distance : 12 miles.

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Nigel reports :-

The River Washburn does not make it onto the chart of the Top 20 longest Yorkshire rivers. However it contains four reservoirs along its length before it flows into the more famous River Wharfe between Otley and Pool. Our walk today took us along two of these reservoirs. After a drive of just over an hour from Darlington, 10 CHA Members arrived at the Blubberhouses car park on the A59. The walk started at the north end of Fewston Reservoir and headed south-east on the Six Dales Trail along a good path on its western shoreline. Reaching the car park and toilets at Swinsty Reservoir elevenses were taken on the picnic tables there. Continuing the walk along the western shore of Swinsty Reservoir we passed Swinsty Hall, the six bedroom sixteenth century home of Gareth Southgate. Turning away from the reservoirs we passed through the pretty village of Timble and on into the Yorkshire Water owned Timble Ings. Open moorland now awaited us with a veritable feast of boundary stones and way marked boulders. Much conjecture about the stone KF 1767 failed to guess its true identity as the edge of Knaresbrorough Forest in that year. Over Lippersley Pike we headed up onto Round Hill which lies at 1,342 feet but just 600 feet outside the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Instead this moor is part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Views south saw Wharfedale open up with Ilkley, Burley-in-Wharfedale and Otley all to be seen. Striking off across Blubberhouses Moor we crossed the A59 at Kex Gill Farm. Green lanes and quiet tarmac roads brought us back safely to the car park. Post-walk refreshments were taken at the Old Spring Well in Killinghall.