Date: 26 Jul 2002
Start / Finish: Heathwaite, roadside parking.
Maps: Sections of all the required Outdoor Leisure maps were scanned and printed to A4, total weight 60g.
Website: The Dales Way
|Day 1||Menston & Rombalds Moor preamble||9 miles (14.5km)|
|Day 2||Bolton Abbey, The Strid & Grassington||21 miles (33.8km)|
|Day 3||Langstrothdale & Oughtershaw Moor||23 miles (37.0km)|
|Day 4||Dentdale & Sedbergh||17 miles (27.4km)|
|Day 5||The Lune, the Kent & Bowness||21 miles (33.8km)|
A very easy low-level backpack that was written up long afterwards, here are a few collected notes about the way we tackled it along with a few pictures.
We parked in Heathwaite and travelled by train from Windermere to Menston, all connections working perfectly. From Menston station we walked W on a Dales Way (DW) link route to Rombalds Moor where we did a tour of the hill and explored. We walked to the trig point to pitch for the night.
We obtained water and supplies in Grassington (also public toilets) and ended the day pitched at Conistone Dib.
Kettlewell has public toilets. At the head of Dentdale at 782840 we took the track into the forest and collected water at a stream. We then climbed the footpath SW to Blea Moor near the air shaft to pitch, the theory being that there would be a breeze and less midge problems - we were wrong!.
Descending back into the forest we took the footpath N to Bridge End to rejoin the route. In Dentdale around 748865 in the plantation we collected very good water on the left of the path at a stream where it disappears underground. Sedbergh has public toilets though not where marked on Outdoor Leisure 19, they are near the National Park centre in the main street. We ended the day N of Lincoln's Inn Bridge for a pitch.
From the DW bench overlooking Bowness, easy footpaths lead N to Heathwaite.