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Date & start time: Monday 20th July 2009. 11.30 am start.
Location of Start : Country lane parking above Skipton, North Yorkshire, Uk. ( SD 975 539 )
Places visited : Sharp Haw and the Sleeping Lady.
Walk details : 3 mls, 550 ft, 2 hrs 30 mins including lunch.
Highest point : Sharp Haw 1160 ft ( 357 m )
Walked with : Liz and Hollie, Barrie, Paula, Tom and Abi, Sam the boy, Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan and Sam the dog.
Weather : Blue skies and high clouds, with a warm breeze.
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We are entertaining two of our grandsons for a few days so meet our daughter Paula at our friend Liz's home in Silsden in order to collect them.
While we are there we went for a walk above Skipton with Liz, Barrie and Hollie, Liz's granddaughter.
With two little girls of three, we chose a local walk well suited to their abilities.
Hollie waits for us at the start of our walk.
The summit of the Sleeping Lady can be seen directly ahead. Can you imagine the shape of her head with her eyebrows and nose ?
Tom (nearly in the ditch) Sam, Liz and Hollie behind us, myself, Abi and Paula.
We leave the gravelled path and start up across the moor. The two cousins, Tom and Sam wait for me to join them.
Nettlehead Ridge and Crookrise Crag top above the contented sheep.
A fuller panorama from Cracoe Fell on the left around to Embsay Crag clear of woodland to the right.
Walking across the moorland footpath, with the town of Skipton in the valley below.
Happy to be here !
Hollie makes her way over to Sharp Haw, the pointed one to the right of the Sleeping Lady.
Barrie and the boys nearing the main climb.
A rickety chair reflects the sunshine as the boys and I reach the top.
If someone is up here with a spade, the chair could do with re-settling in the ground.
The Trig Point at the top of the fell where we can look over the village of Gargrave and across to Pendle Hill.
[ For those who may not know, the trig points were used as Theodolite Posts to survey the land and make the modern maps that we now use on our walks.]
Just below the top of the ridge was a more sheltered place to stop for a bite of lunch.
It had a great view too . . .
There's a monumental cross on the first crag, known as Sun Moor Hill, and a War Memorial on the summit of Watt Crag (Cracoe Hill) behind.
A wider view again as I pan back to include the sensible but not very imaginatively named valley of Waterfall Gill.
From the summit of Sharp Haw we drop down and cross over to the Sleeping Lady.
This was Liz's excellent local name for it but it is not mentioned on the map.
This is gritstone country with outcrops of rocks and boulders scattered all around.
Sharp Haw is pronounced 'Sharp-a' . . . by knowledgeable locals aged three and a bit.
A small tarn nestles by the wall, as we look slightly north west towards distant Cumbria.
The village of Gargrave in close up with the white roofs of the Johnson and Johnson factory alongside.
They make all sorts of wound dressings here, which includes the world famous "Elastoplast" brand.
The second summit of the day as Hollie and Abi stop for a photo for their grandmums.
A parting shot as we drop down from the crags on the ridge.
The tree seems to be thriving in the shelter offered by the east facing rocks.
Back to the car shortly . . . but we might just try to clean the dogs up first !
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Technical note: Pictures taken with with Ann's Cannon 75 or my Cannon G7 Digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . tea and cake at Liz's afterwards.
Previous walk - Sunday 19th July 2009 Black Crag, Holme Fell
A previous time up here - No . . .There's a first time for something especially in this area !
Next walk - Tuesday 21st July 2009 Grandsons in Keswick