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Helwith Bridge to Moughton Summit and Crummack Dale.

Posted by Ann Cruickshanks on

Sunday 27th October 2019.

Our walk today started on an easy accessible car park, free with plenty of parking space, that we have used for walks many times at Helwith Bridge, north of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales.

On leaving the car park we turned left and followed the road to Helwith Bridge Quarry, from there taking the path up to Moughton Nab which runs along side Dry Rig Quarry.

On this path there is a dramatic view point of the quarry which looks across to the gouged face of the quarry. 

    

The quarry owners, Tarmac, have installed a Visitor Trail which has two viewing platforms of the quarry interior. Information boards provide lots of information about the quarry and the steps being taken to protect and enhance the surrounding landscape and habitats.

The top of Moughton`s plateau is encrusted with limestone and on your way to the summit you have a vast amount of the pavement to navigate over 

 

The Limestone pavements add extra interest to the walk and along the plateau are several cairns of different shapes to explore.

 

On arrival to the summit cairn it was quite windy, so a sheltered spot with a great view of Penyghent was found for our rest break and lunch,

I zoomed in with my camera and on Penyghent there was a walker nearly at the summit.

 

Onwards, we crossed the limestone plateau to descend at Beggar's Gate, then a faint green track towards Crummack Farm as the sun lowered.

The sun set soon after we passed Wharfe, and we enjoyed a leisurely return on the quiet road as darkness took over.

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