Simons'Seat (50,000') 17 July 2016

Posted by Graham Rogers on 2016-07-21

Swaledale Outdoor Club

50,000 FEET IN 50 DAYS

Simon’s Seat – Sunday 17 July 2016

I arrived at the entrance to the Cavendish Pavilion at 08:00, where I had planned to park, only to find that it didn’t open until 09:00.  A quick scout round the Bolton Abbey area revealed nowhere else to park so I returned to the entrance and waited until 09:00.  It was an ideal starting point for the walk but I was slightly aghast at the £8 fee, though I suppose if you were a family of four planning to spend the day at the Bolton Abbey Estate then this would be good value!

From the Pavilion I headed over the wooden bridge across the river Wharfe and up a clearly marked path which soon takes you through some very pleasant pastures and up to the Valley of Desolation!  Unlike its name I thought the valley was lovely and soon led me up onto open moorland.  It didn’t take long for Simon’s Seat to come into view and I was soon scrambling over the rocks to the trig point on the summit where I enjoyed some great views.  It was only a short detour to Lord’s Seat, just to the east, so after a quick visit I headed back to Simon’s Seat and down an initially paved path down towards Dale Head Farm and a ramble along Howgill Lane.  I was soon heading south on the Dales Way path walking along the banks of the river Wharfe toward Barden Bridge and through some excellent woodland to the Strid and back to the Cavendish Pavilion.  I was really looking forward to a cup of tea at the café but the sunshine had brought out hordes of visitors resulting in a large queue so I made a swift exit.

All in all this was a very enjoyable walk of approximately 10 miles that took just under four hours to complete. 

Andy Broadley

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