CC 218 FLYING SCOT
The first thing that must be said is - you are unlikely to see the Flying Scot while doing this walk. The second thing to be said - is that the picture featured on card 218 was taken at High Wycombe. The walk described here is somewhat further north but does present, at certain times of the year, the opportunity to see steam locomotives on a very dramatic section of line, particularly at the Ribblehead viaduct. The well publicised Settle-Carlisle railway, which was saved from closure some years ago, provides a stunning backdrop to the special steam excursions that are organised each year.
On the B6255 Ingleton-Hawes road, about 4 miles out of Ingleton there is a road to the left, signed Chapel le Dale Church. Turn here and park near the church.
1. The walk, close to the viaduct, is a particularly good one for those days when it is raining or when the ground may be a bit too clarty after prolonged bouts of wet weather. The route allows you to stretch your legs along little-used farm lanes and tracks. Because the route and terrain are so easy it leaves leisure to really view this remarkable limestone landscape. There is the immense, sphinx-like mass of Ingleborough in one direction and the impressive span of the Batty Moss Viaduct in another.
2. Before you leave the area do look into St Leonard's churchyard. There is a memorial to the men who died while working on the Ribblehead Viaduct. There is also an interesting inscription on one of the headstones. It begins; "When I was in the prime of life, It was through a fall I lost my life…".
Read the rest and maybe look inside this very simple Dales church.
3. Turn right at the end of the church wall to follow the lane uphill for approximately one mile. En route you will come across, surprisingly, a sculpture. Cross Ellerbeck Gill at a shallow ford and keep with the farm track to the right.
4. Pass through the farmyard and leave on a track to the right. You will pass through four or five fields to reach Bruntscar farm. Continue ahead and look out now for the signpost pointing right to the Hill Inn. This is a distance of approximately one mile on a tarmac lane. At the main road turn right back to Chapel le Dale.
Map: OS Outdoor Leisure 2 - Yorkshire Dales Western Area
Distance: 3 miles
Time: 2 hours
Terrain: Very easy