This morning we had this superb waterfall all to ourselves. It lies just east of Settle and cascades 12 metres down limestone rocks into a small wooded gorge and is one of the most photogenic waterfalls in the Dales. After parking the car and climbing the stile we soon get our first view of the falls across the gorge to our left, wow this is an impressive place. The path leads down to the foot of the falls where the view is even more stunning…
And just a few metres downstream are another series of smaller falls…
A few miles northeast of Settle lies the small nature reserve of Winskill Stones. It is a very steep and twisty road up to the reserve but once up on the top the views across to Pen-y-Ghent are breathtaking. The area is mainly limestone grassland but there are some excellent patches of limestone pavement including one with an much-photographed lone hawthorn….
The lone tree and Pen-y-Ghent
The Norber Erratics are an amazing collection of sandstone boulders that were carried about a kilometre on a glacier during the last Ice Age 13,000 years ago. As the ice melted they have been deposited lower down Crummackdale on top of the limestone at Norber. They have acted as natural umbrellas and protected the limestone underneath them from rain erosion leaving them perched in sometimes incredible looking positions. There are hundreds of boulders scattered around at Norber, some small and some bigger than cars, I’ve got to say I’ve never seen anything like it and it was definitely my highlight of the trip.
Robin Proctor’s Scar at Norber
I’ve travelled over Ribblehead Viaduct dozens of times on the scenic Settle – Carlisle railway but never explored the area on foot. On our first visit the cloud was very uninteresting – overcast, grey and dull, not what I’d been hoping for at all, the image I’d got in my mind was of stormy skies or an amazing sunset. However I think the photos look ok in black and white…
Ingleborough in the background
The following day the weather was completely different and the viaduct had a totally different feel…
Ribblehead Viaduct and Whernside