Timble and Lippersley Pike Circular
Walk 2 - Swinsty Reservoir - Timble- Lippersley Pike- West End - Washburn Valley- 12.5m - 6 hours - A varied walk for when the routes to the Dales are normally crowded! Some map reading and navigation essential! Back to Washburn Valley
Park in Swinsty carpark. Starting from near the toilets follow the surfaced path to Swinsty Hall and then turn right to Timble village. Join the minor road through the village and proceed to the crossroads at Lane End Farm. Cross the main Otley to Blubberhouses road and proceed along the track on the other side passing Sourby Farm. The track continues through a plantation. On reaching the edge of the moor pass through a stile and then onwards to Lippersley Pike [332m] about 600m further on. Continuing along the same bearing now proceed slightly downhill across sometimes boggy terrain to meet a wall coming in from the right. Cross the stile at Gawk Hall Ridge and follow the wall proceeding uphill to Round Hill [409m] and Little Gate. Look out for the old milepost Ilkley 3miles Ripon 12miles enroute. At Little gate turn right and follow a landrover track down to the main A59 Harrogate Skipton road.
Cross the main road and then proceed on to the old main road on the other side. After 50m look for metal gate on the right before the road bridge over a stream. Pass through the gate and keep slightly uphill to the stile in the corner (200m)- Do not follow stream at this point. Cross the stile and proceed with wall to the left. The path eventually crosses the stream and emerges at a disused farm building. Pass to the right of the farm through two metal gates and proceed up long narrow field with stream on left. (There is probably an error on the footpath shown on the map at this point). At the top of the field bear right and then pass through gap in broken down wall. Turn immediately right and proceed with fence/wall on right hand side. After 150m a gate is reached with a waymarker on. Pass through gate into large field. The map shows the path going diagonally across Willow Bog Head but this is hard going. I strongly suggest keeping to left hand side of the field for 300m until depression reached and then turn right across field into a small valley and with boggy area on left. At the wall turn left to cross boggy area and up to corner of field where there is a stile.
Cross the stile and proceed across field towards fence and through gate. Follow the edge of the field and then a track for 500m until Spittle Ings House is reached. Continue on the farm access track through two fields until minor road reached. Turn right and follow the minor road for 300m and then turn left. Cross several broken down stiles in quick succession passing to the rear of Redshaw House and emerging on the West End to Blubberhouses minor road. Cross the road and almost opposite look for Water Authority footpath sign and a path which then drops steeply down to cross the River Washburn with the the Thruscross Dam towering above. Turn right and follow the left hand river bank eventually to meet the A59. Cross the main road and pass through the car park on the other side. Now follow the reservoir path all the way to reach Swinsty carpark and finish.
The Timble Inn has seen a make over into an upmarket dining establishment. Nevertheless it is worth a visit.
This page was last updated on 09-Jan-2017
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