Route

The Gill of the Trolls


Walk leader* Route* Weather* Walkers* Apologies and Excuses* Comments* Evening Meal* Picture Gallery


Walk leader

Michael


Route

'The Gill of the Trolls': Burnsall - Appletreewick - Howgill - Skyreholme - Skyreholme Beck - Trollers Gill - Hell Hole - Kail Lane - Woodhouse - Burnsall. Approximately 8 miles.


Weather

Overcast, brightened slowly. Better than expected. Cold to very cold, but generally dry.


Walkers

Michael, Carol, George B., Ron, Sandy and Beth. Evelyn did a mini-walk round Grassington.


Apologies and Excuses

Michelle - e-business

Alex - homework and party

George G - not fit today

Ashley - (quote) a multiplicity of injuries plus a very late night out the night before

Bernie - catching up with work and family birthday party

Julie and Lance - in Fife


Comments

The Aynsleys came the long way via Knaresborough and Harrogate and got into a hold-up. As a result we went into a tea room and Carol spent 60 on two watercolours - but saved 10 by bargaining!

Very interesting walk, with varied scenery: riverside, fellside, gill, moorland track. Lots of lovely houses, especially Hartlington Hall, and farm buildings. Lunch on a shingle beach with flat stones. Basking shark at lunch spot (rocks and water formed an illusion of a shark's mouth opening and closing). Untidy farms. Passed a hill peppered with rabbit holes - some rabbits fighting. Climbed up through Trollers Gill - lots of climbing ironmongery. Afternoon tea spot at troll's cave (Carol's overactive imagination pictured herself living there). Water sink - burn disappeared underground. Gateway blocked with giant boulders - probably put there by a giant troll. Old hall converted into a barn. No bats out of Hell at the Hell Hole.

Wildlife: Hundreds of ducklings, walking on water. Lots of sand martins, swallows, possible owl sighting in Trollers Gill, dippers, yellow wagtail, pied wagtail, sparrows, black-headed gull, lapwing, curlew, chickens, black lamb, and yellow snail. Flowers: marsh marigold, yellow (Chinese) poppies.


Evening meal

Ravensworth Arms. Variable quality of meals. Nice to below average. Beth had a huge ice cream and didn't offer any to anyone else.


Picture Gallery

May walkers

May Walkers

Burnsall

Burnsall

Downstream

Downstream from Burnsall

Upstream

Upstream from Burnsall

Ducklings

Ducklings

Appletreewick

Appletreewick

Bluebells

Bluebells in wood

Lunch spot

Lunch spot

View from lunch spot

View from lunch spot

Opposite bank

Opposite bank from lunch spot

Trollers Gill

Trollers Gill

Troll's cave

Troll's cave


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