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The Green Trod

Monday, 16 August 2010

7.75 miles with 890 feet of ascent (4 hours 0 mins)
Walked solo with Tim dog
20 ºC, light winds, sunny and dry
Start - Bowlees Picnic Area - free parking (NY907282)
Maps - OL Nº31 (1:25,000) or Landranger Nº92 (1:50,000)
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After leaving the car park at Bowlees the first highlight of the day was Low Force

After leaving the car park at Bowlees the first highlight of the day was Low Force

After crossing the Wynch Bridge I turned away from the river and cross the meadows heading for Holwick village

After crossing the Wynch Bridge I turned away from the river and cross the meadows heading for Holwick village

The weather was just about perfect, warm sun, blue skies and light breeze

The weather was just about perfect, warm sun, blue skies and light breeze

Heading out of Holwick village on 'The Green Trod' an old drover road which heads over the moors to Dufton

Heading out of Holwick village on 'The Green Trod' an old drover road which heads over the moors to Dufton

The imposing Holwick Lodge, looks like there's a bit of repair work going on with all that scaffolding?

The imposing Holwick Lodge, looks like there's a bit of repair work going on with all that scaffolding?

Tim waiting beside the very grand stile. The sheep sculptures were put there probably about 10 years ago now, around the same time the ones beside Low Force appeared, think they were done by the same person?

Tim waiting beside the very grand stile. The sheep sculptures were put there probably about 10 years ago now, around the same time the ones beside Low Force appeared, think they were done by the same person?

Looking across the bleak moorland of Holwick Fell, very typical of the area, not a lot of shelter in bad weather

Looking across the bleak moorland of Holwick Fell, very typical of the area, not a lot of shelter in bad weather

Some of the local inhabitants of the moorland, Swaledale sheep

Some of the local inhabitants of the moorland, Swaledale sheep

The air was very clear making the views of Teesdale amazing

The air was very clear making the views of Teesdale amazing

A line of grouse butts heading over the moors towards Green Fell End, a reminder of what the moors are used for, shooting!

A line of grouse butts heading over the moors towards Green Fell End, a reminder of what the moors are used for, shooting!

There was very little water in Blea Beck

There was very little water in Blea Beck

The view from my coffee stop, you can make of line of 'The Green Trod' heading over Cronkley Fell in the distance

The view from my coffee stop, you can make of line of 'The Green Trod' heading over Cronkley Fell in the distance

The one eye sore around the area the huge quarry, just up river from High Force

The one eye sore around the area the huge quarry, just up river from High Force

Heading down Whiteholm Bank, I wouldn't be heading onto Cronkley Fell on this walk, although it does make a great extension to this one. Today I would walk about half way across the path in this photo and then cut across to the right to join the Pennine Way

Heading down Whiteholm Bank, I wouldn't be heading onto Cronkley Fell on this walk, although it does make a great extension to this one. Today I would walk about half way across the path in this photo and then cut across to the right to join the Pennine Way

Tim having a cooling dip in Skyer Beck

Tim having a cooling dip in Skyer Beck

The stepping stones across Skyer Beck, with Cronkley Fell in the background

The stepping stones across Skyer Beck, with Cronkley Fell in the background

The heather clad slopes of Noon Hill, the heather wasn't quite at it's peak today, maybe a few more days?

The heather clad slopes of Noon Hill, the heather wasn't quite at it's peak today, maybe a few more days?

Looking west towards Great Stony Hill from the  point I joined the Pennine Way, which I would follow back to Bowlees

Looking west towards Great Stony Hill from the  point I joined the Pennine Way, which I would follow back to Bowlees

Passing the quarry along the way

Passing the quarry along the way

Bleabeck Force is well worth the short diversion from the main path

Bleabeck Force is well worth the short diversion from the main path

The majestic High Force

The majestic High Force

Heading through the stands of Juniper bushes on the way back to Bowlees

Heading through the stands of Juniper bushes on the way back to Bowlees

Back at Low Force

Back at Low Force

This is the other sheep sculpture, the one beside Low Force, that I mentioned earlier

This is the other sheep sculpture, the one beside Low Force, that I mentioned earlier

Heading back across the meadows towards Bowlees after another lovely walk

Heading back across the meadows towards Bowlees after another lovely walk