Moughton and Crummackdale, January 17

Walk details

  • Route Horton-in-Ribblesdale – Moughton – Crummack Dale – Sulber – Horton-in-Ribblesdale
  • Distance 8.05 miles
  • Duration 4 hrs 55 mins
  • Getting there Train from Leeds to Horton-in-Ribblesdale with a Day Ranger ticket
  • Weather Cold, misty, with low cloud

Why this route?

  • This was option number two for the week before, also from Dales Rail Trails. Although ibuprofen kept me chirpy on the Dent walk, I was completely done in for the rest of the week so I figured it was wise to go for something a bit shorter and with a bit less ascent this week.
  • Malham is on this year’s wish list but it’s not that easy  to get to via the winter DalesBus. Both My Yorkshire Dales and Walking Englishman rate Moughton for its limestone pavements so this seemed like just the ticket.

What did we learn?

  • We were some of the first people out in the morning so the path up from Horton was frozen solid. Coming back in the afternoon after hundreds of people had traipsed over it on their return from Ingleborough was distinctly less pleasant.
  • I do hope that the couple behind us heading up Pen-Y-Ghent without a map (“because we thought it would be better marked than this”) in poor visibility (“we weren’t expecting the low cloud”) didn’t learn any painful lessons.

Walk highlights

  • Absolute silence and not another soul at the top of Crummack Dale.
  • The drove road down Crummack Dale. How many miles did man drive his cattle? How many generations walked this route?
  • Wash Dub Field and its clapper bridge – the beck was dammed in spring and autumn to wash the sheep.
  • Moughton Scars are worth all the hype and then some. “Alien” and “lunar” are the most common descriptions I’ve seen. What did early man think of this place? Neolithic man probably deforested it; after that stone must have grown more easily than trees. What monsters did they think lurked in the scars?
  • In fine weather this walk would be dominated by Ingleborough and Pen-Y-Ghent. Sadly this time you would scarcely know there was a mountain there.


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