KISDON HILL AND KELD SIDE 7 Sept. 2017
KISDON HILL AND KELD SIDE 7th Sept 2017
Twelve walkers set off from Muker on a grey and blustery morning hoping that the promised rain would keep off for at least a couple of hours. It didn’t: by the time we reached the summit of Kisdon a fine drizzle had started to fall and stayed with us for the rest of the day.
Descending the track from Kisdon towards Keld, we turned off onto the path to Angram, pausing for Bruce to explain about a new National Park initiative on the history of field barns or cowusses (cowhouses) as they’re known by locals. Crossing the Keld road at Angram we then headed up across the moorland onto Keld Side and Black Allotment where we encountered a line of grouse shooters well concealed in the shallow valley of Blackburn Beck. Fortunately they saw us coming and we escaped unscathed to reach High Bridge over the Swale. From there we walked a short distance down the road to Low Bridge where we crossed the river.
After a somewhat soggy lunch stop near the Bridge we continued along the path above Cotterby Scar then followed the farm track to East Stonesdale Force. Hearing more shooting on Kisdon side, we decided to stick to the east bank of the Swale, passing below Crackpot Hall and Swinner Gill to reach Rampsholme Bridge and so back to Muker, at which point the rain finally stopped!