Leader: Elaine Anderson Distance 10.5 mls
Just a few miles south of Grassington lies the pretty village of Linton in mid Wharfedale. As we climbed out of the village there were great views of the surrounding countryside. On a clear day Greater Whernside, Buckden Pike and even Pendle Hill can be seen.
Travelling through the villages of Rylstone and Cracoe we had fine views of the Rylstone Cross and the Cracoe War Memorial along the ridge on the edge of Barden Moor.
Did you know that Rylstone was the home of the real Calender girls? It also featured in a poem by William Wordsworth – The White Doe of Rylstone (or, The Fate of the Nortons).
The Rylstone cross was originally a large man-shaped rock, known as “The Stone Man”. A Wooden cross was subsequently erected to celebrate the “Peace of Paris ” in 1783 and a number of treaties which ended the American War of Independence. The current cross was erected in 1995 and we’re hoping to get a better look at it in the coming months as we head up to the ridge on a recce day.
Cracoe War Memorial is in remembrance of the locals who perished in the two world wars. It sits at the northern end of the ridge and is in the form of a massive obelisk.
Post walk drinks in the Fountaine Inn at Linton. Described as “an idyllic inn, perhaps the most beautiful setting in the Yorkshire dales, offering great dining, with cosy snug and roaring log fires, low ceilings and a true welcome” We would not disagree with this and add to it,the fine refreshments.