Northern England – Crummack Dale, North Yorkshire
Distance: 141⁄2km/9 miles
Type: Valley and fell
Where: Circular walk from Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales.
Start/End: National Park car park in Clapham (SD745692).
Terrain: Excellent paths and tracks, with some steep ascents and descents.
Maps: OS Explorer OL2; Landranger 98.
The Yorkshire Dales has some of the most iconic locations in England, including the Three Peaks, Malham Cove and Gordale Scar. Just a couple of miles away is some equally majestic countryside that sees just a handful of savvy ramblers. Tucked in between Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent is Crummack Dale, carved into the limestone plateau of the southern Dales some 12,000 years ago by ice and meltwaters. The track strikes above Clapham Beck, passing opposite Ingleborough Cave and Trow Gill, before circling the head of the Dale to gain Moughton Scars – a gigantic limestone pavement offering magnificent views. The return along Crummack Dale includes the dramatically perched Norber Stones – boulders left isolated by glacial deposition.
Click below to see a route profile and view the route on an Ordnance Survey map