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" Addingham Moor and the Doubler Stones "

Date & start time: Sunday 19th August 2012, 11.50 am start.

Location of Start : The Nab End Road above Silsden, Yorkshire, Uk ( SE 062 470 )

Places visited : Nab End, Windgate Nick, Addingham Moor, the Doubler Stones and back.

Walk details :   2.25 mls, 300 ft of ascent, 1 hour 40 mins.

Highest point : Windgate Nick 1200 ft - 370 m.

Walked with : Liz, Hollie, Abigail, Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Overcast with unexpectedly early rain - a 'glad we brought waterproofs' sort of day.

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Sunday we had a local walk to exercise the dogs and ourselves before returning home. 

Liz suggests a geological landmark or two that would be interesting to visit in the time available to us.

A interesting and good little walk if rather damp.

Hollie, Liz's granddaughter and Abi, our granddaughter together for a morning walk

with ourselves and the dogs.

We've driven just a short way out of Silsden . . . up to Nab End . . . the western end of Addingham High Moor.

A squeeze-stile in local stone sets the tone for the walk . . .
. . . as we walk up the direct path to the grit-stone moorland.

They say that you can always tell the local geology by the stones they use for the walls . . . certainly true here !

We're looking down on the Airedale Valley and a beautifully restored Yorkshire stone farmhouse.

The weather is looking a bit dark and the flash on the camera kicks in

as I catch the two girls and Harry on the first of many rock outcrops.

Another large stone, incorporated into the moorland wall, is a magnet for young and old alike.

Looking north from an area called Windgate Nick.

There's a nice seat to contemplate the view for a little longer had the weather been better.

A monument to the aircrew of a wartime

De Haviland Mosquito aircraft

that crashed near this point in 1943.


The pilot and navigator

unfortunately lost their lives in the crash.


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Just a little further along the edge is an old quarry where stone was extracted for several different uses.

Raw material for a grinding stone in a water or wind mill . . .
. . . and stone water or feeding troughs for farms and the like.

Head a further couple of miles that way and you'll end up on the famous Ilkley Moor.

A grand stone cairn at the point we turn off . . .
. . . and head south a short distance.

These are old Grouse moors where the game birds were reared then killed in the name of sport !

This is one of a series of grouse butts that the shooters hid in while the birds were flushed out for them.

We were heading to another rocky outcrop that Hollie knew by the familiar name of Mushroom Rocks

but which are named on the map as The Doubler Stones.

The rain had set in as we climbed up the bank to the rocks.

Fortunately the rock retains its friction even when wet and so the girls wanted to climb these rocks too.

Making sure they didn't get too close to the edge !

The drop behind me was considerably bigger than the one in front.

The rain shower had passed as I caught this photo of Abi and Hollie on the top.

Standing on the second rock "on their two Nana's heads".
Time to go . . . looking back at the rock outcrop.

Liz pointed out the dog-shaped stone.

Screw your eyes half shut and look at the grey rock behind . . . not the golden one with the tongue.

The girls went off happily . . .

Could I hear strains of "Bring me Sunshine" and see a little dance in their steps ?

The grown-ups were a little more restrained on the return route to the car !

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, my Canon G10 digital cameras.

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