THIS ROUTE IS NOT A WALK, IT IS A NAVIGATIONAL EXERCISE HIKE. MAP AND COMPASS SKILLS REQUIRED.
Hike video: https://youtu.be/kgCsW-XbSjU
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Start/finish: Disused quarry car park, south of Oughtershaw, SD 8751 8072
OS Explorer Map: OL 2
Sat Nav: Oughtershaw Hall (BD23 5JR)
Public transport: There are no buses serving Oughtershaw, however, please see the following website for times for the 72A bus from Skipton and the 874/875 bus from Wakefield to near by Buckden: http://www.dalesbus.org/skipgras.html
Accurate distances and grid bearings can be downloaded on this 2 sided route card PDF (front.pdf and oughtershaw.pdf): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8yyjut6h1oysxno/AACIquF0OL0w5rtWiOvyGDWha?dl=0
This hike in the Yorkshire Dales National Park is very good and has five grid bearings across sections of trackless open access land. The hike starts south of Oughtershaw near the Langstrothdale Chase, and then goes through the beautiful forest of Beckermonds Scar and Low/High Green Field. Five grid bearings are then taken across open access land crossing the remote Birkwith Moor and Allotment, with views of Ingleborough, Simon Fell, Park Fell, Plover Hill and Pen-y-ghent. The hike then joins A Pennine Journey and heads east passing Plover Hill, over Foxup Moor and down to the village of Foxup. The hike then heads up hill and over Great Pasture, Eller Carr and Eller Carr Moss, with views of Plover Hill, Littondale and Cosh Inside to reach the hamlet of Beckermonds, near the Langstrothdale Chase.
This hike crosses a lot of trackless open access land, hence, map and compass skills are required. You should also know your pace count. Recommended for experienced hikers.
Oughtershaw is a village in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, in North Yorkshire. The river flowing past Oughtershaw is not the River Wharfe, contrary to popular belief; it is Oughtershaw Beck, which flows down to Beckermonds, and then joins Greenfield Beck, to source the River Wharfe at the Langstrothdale chase.
An area of ancient hunting forest; the Langstrothdale Chase lies between Raydale and Littondale, encompassing the valley of Langstrothdale itself. Currently, much of the area is now moorland or open pasture, with the village of Buckden in Upper Wharfedale once being a focal point for huntsmen in earlier times.
Simon Fell is a summit on the north east side of Ingleborough, a mountain in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Simon Fell has a height of 650 m and a prominence of 35 m, and is classified as a Hewitt.
Plover Hill is an stretch of moorland north of Pen-y-ghent in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Plover Hill is connected to Pen-y-ghent by an uninterrupted area of high ground.
There are 29 species of birds found in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, from curlew to cuckoos and lapwings to linnets.
(Images under waypoints tab on ViewRanger).
1. Attack point 2 is 1.62 km away; from the disused Quarry car park south of Oughtershaw (see image), head north on the road for about 1 km to Oughtershaw. On reaching Oughtershaw turn left at a private car park and follow a public footpath sign over a semi-tracked field to the gate at attack point 2.
2. Attack point 3 is 1.725 km away; from the gate at attack point 2 (see image), continue into Beckermonds Scar, which has been felled.
Note: as of 5/5/2016, there is a no unauthorized personnel beyond this point sign due to forestry operations, stretching for several hundred metres between a point in Beckermonds Scar and the road at attack point 3. However, the signs are ‘until further notice’ and the forestry operations have ceased, there is a right of way through Beckermonds Scar and there are public footpath signs marking the way.
Continue through Beckermonds Scar to a point where the path reaches a junction with the road at attack point 3.
3. Attack point 4 is 2.5 km away; at the junction with the road at attack point 3 (see image), continue straight ahead on the road to a gate signed ‘Low Greenfield Country House. This is not a private road, open the gate and continue on the road passing Low Green Field Country House on your left, and continuing for about 2 km through an area known as Greenfield/Low Green Field, later passing Far Barn on your right and High Green Field Farm, to a gate at attack point 4.
4. Attack point 5 is 1.82 km away; at the gate at attack point 4 (see image), just after High Green Field Farm, continue through the gate and enter a forest known as High Green Field. Continue on the path passing a junction with another path heading North West. Ignore the North West path and continue left for less than a kilometre to where the forest ends and where there is another fork in the track at attack point 5.
5. Attack point 6 is 750 m away; at this fork at attack point 5, there is a gate (see image). Before or after going through the gate, take a grid bearing of a corner of the forest at attack point 6. The grid bearing should be about 124.5°, convert to a magnetic bearing, and march on that bearing to attack point 6. There is no need to pace as you can see the corner of the woods. Note: on the way you will have to scale a wall.
6. Attack point 7 is 850 m away; at the corner of the forest at attack point 6 there is a fence (see image), which you will need to climb. Before or after climbing the fence, take a grid bearing of a small rectangular wood on Birkwith Allotment at attack point 7. As you cannot see the wood at attack point 7 due to the brow of a hill, you should pace it. The grid bearing should be about 130°, convert to a magnetic bearing and march on that bearing to attack point 7.
7. Attack point 8 is 270 m away; at attack point 7, at the woods on Birkwith Allotment (see image), take a grid bearing of a junction between Dun Stone beck and a wall at attack point 8. As you cannot see attack point 8 due to the brow of a hill, you should pace it. The grid bearing should be about 114.5°, convert to a magnetic bearing and march on that bearing to attack point 8.
8. Attack point 9 is 325 m away; at the junction with a wall at Dun Stone Beck at attack point 8 (see image), take a grid bearing of a meander in Goodly Bottom Sike at attack point 9. As you cannot see Goodly Bottom Sike you should pace count. The grid bearing should be about 134°, convert to a magnetic bearing at march on that bearing to attack point 9.
9. Attack point 10 is 860 m away; at the meander in Goodly Bottom Sike at attack point 9 (see image), take a grid bearing of the corner of the field near Swarth Gill Gate at attack point 10. As you cannot see attack point 10 from Goodly Bottom Sike, you should pace count to begin with, however, upon reaching the brow of the hill, you can clearly see a wall to your left leading all the way to attack point 10, which means you can handrail the wall to attack point 10. The grid bearing is about 151°, convert to magnetic bearing, and march on that bearing to attack point 10.
10. Attack point 11 is 1.8 km away; at attack point 10 there is a stone footbridge (see image). Here we join A Pennine Journey, and the majority of the rest of the hike is on good track. Follow A Pennine Journey east going through Foxup Moor and passing five walls (see video) to Foxup Road at attack point 11. Note: you should count the walls as you go.
11. Attack point 12 is 2.2 km away; at attack point 11 go through the gate in the wall (see image) and continue on A Pennine Journey passing Foxup all the way to Foxup bridge at attack point 12.
12. Attack point 13 is 1.14 km away; at Foxup Bridge at attack point 12 (see image), turn right on the road and head east passing the Great Pasture and Eller Carr on your left, until you reach Halton Gill. Just before Halton Gill there is a public footpath sign, a gate and track on the left hand side of the road heading North West and uphill to Beckermonds. Go through the gate and follow this track up hill, before bending back round east a little to another public footpath sign for Beckermonds at attack point 13.
13. Attack point 14 is 450 m away; at the public footpath sign at attack point 13 (see image), follow the path uphill to a style on the wall at attack point 14.
14. Attack point 15 is 800 m away; go over the style at attack point 14 (see image), and continue on the path to another sytle at attack point 15.
15. Attack point 16 is 575 m away; go over the style at attack point 15 (see image), and continue on the path to a demolished wall at attack point 16.
16. Attack point 17 is 250 m away; at the demolished wall at attack point 16 (see image), continue on the path to a wall and gate at attack point 17.
17. Attack point 18 is 150 m away; at the gate at attack point 17 (see image), you can see the pile of stones at attack point 18. Go through the gate and head for the pile of stones.
18. Attack point 19 is 700 m away; at the pile of stones at attack point 18 (see image), take a grid bearing of attack point 19, which is where we meet a sike and path. As you cannot see attack point 19 from attack point 18, you may want to start off pacing, however, upon reaching the brow of the hill, you can see down to the sike, and where the path starts, which means you can stop pacing. The grid bearing should be about 3°, convert to magnetic bearing at march on that bearing to attack point 19.
19. Attack point 20 is 1.075 km away; at the sike at attack point 19 (see image), continue on the path downhill to a ford crossing of Green Field beck, and into Beckermonds. At Beckermonds turn right on the road and follow it to a junction/corner of the road at attack point 20.
20. Attack point 21 is 420 m away; at the junction in the road at attack point 20 (see image), head north for several hundred metres to the disused quarry car park at attack point 21.