Mossdale from Conistone
Walk 10- Mossdale from Conistone - 12 miles - An excellent walk over isolated moorland with good views and interest points - allow about 6 hours. Back to Upper Wharfedale Page
Looking back towards Consitone Dib / Mossdale Scar - the river disappears here / Typical moorland scene from Blake Hill with Angram Reservoir in distance
Start from the centre of Conistone pass between the houses on a track slightly uphill to go through a gate. The path quickly enters Conistone Dib a narrow ravine. Emerge at the top of the valley crossing two stiles left and right to join track. Follow the track for some 3 miles until Mossdale is reached. On the right is Mossdale Scar with a fast flowing stream running underground to emerge via the Black Keld Cave system at Scargill House (on the back road to Kettlewell). This was the scene of a caving tragedy some years ago. The track passes through a ford to get to Mossdale House (possibly of mining origin or a shooting lodge?).
If the river is in spate there is a footbridge about 1/4 upstream. The track becomes a path passing uphill now to eventually reach a boundary fence and stile after about 1.5miles. Turn sharp left and follow this fence over exposed moorland passing Blake Hill and eventually reaching Stone Head Crag.
At this point a deviation may be made to reach the summit of Great Whernside which will add approximately 2 miles
Leave the fence and proceed directly downhill to reach path from Providence Mine towards Capplestone gate. This path follows the contour with a wall to the right for much of the way passing through extensive lead mine workings after which it starts to descend diagonally toward Consitone. The path becomes a track and is easily followed past the transmitter and emerging on the back Conistone to Kettlewell Road
There are no facilities the nearest being at Kilnsey about 1/2 mile from Conistone where there is a cafe (in the fish farm) and a pub
©John Carey 2009
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