Leader : Ann Barber. Distance : 11 miles.
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Ann reports :-
11 mile circular from Semer Water.
Slightly earlier start 08.30 due to Darlington 10K Run in town.
8 walkers set off from Semer Water – unfortunately not able to park on the lakeshore car park as it was totally submerged due to the recent flooding in the Dales.
Semer Water was really swollen and flooded so parking was at the top of the bank roadside.
The walk climbed steeply up to Wether Fell to join a Roman road (Cam High Road) which should have given good views over Wensleydale, Sleddale and Raydale but this wasn’t great today due to low cloud and drizzle.
Return route headed downhill to Bardale beck passing waterfalls and pools carved into the limestone stream bed with a very full flowing stream. Walk continued down to tiny village of Marsett and along Marsett beck, again very flooded and eventually crossing meadows to reach the ruins of Stalling Busk Old church and its graveyard. Continuing along defined path alongside Semer Water to bring us back to the flooded car park area. A tricky route back to cars due to road being totally submerged in floodwater, scrambled along the hedge line, ducking under low tree branches eventually reaching Semer Water bridge and a final steep climb uphill to return to cars.
Good day walking despite mainly drizzle/rain for the majority of the walk.