North Pennines Walks
Date: 6th January 2008
Distance: 5.5 miles
Ascent: 633 feet
Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: NY884126
Route Summary: A66 Summit - Roman Road - Yard Sike - Great Knipe - Beldoo Moss - Rowtonbridge Sike - A66 Summit
Walk Summary: I’d chosen this as a relatively short walk to do in the winter but which also had the potential for some great views. I’d cancelled a previous attempt before Christmas due to bad weather. This time I had decent weather for a walk and for taking pictures but for the first time I forgot to pack my camera.
My anger and disappointment with myself coloured the rest of the walk and as a result I enjoyed it much less than I should have done.
The old Roman Road proved to be much boggier than anticipated and I had to skirt some of the wetter sections. I barely glanced at Maiden Castle which was a bit stupid but I do plan on returning camera in hand.
The cross country walk to Great Knipe proved to be relatively straightforward with Yard Sike and a barbed wire fence the only real obstacles. The view from the top was excellent though to be fair on a clearer day with the Lake District and Mickle Fell in full view it would have been better.
I took a few photos with my new (though cheap) mobile phone in the vain hope I might capture something of what I saw. The slightly longer return route followed a number of walls and fences back to the A66. En route I traversed Beldoo Moss which proved to be every bit as wet on the ground as it had promised to be from a glance at the map.
Ironically the constant sike and bog hopping finally took my mind off my missing camera. I also disturbed a snipe making this one of the few times I’ve seen this bird. Like many places I’ll definitely want to go back here because there really is some great potential for getting good photos.
1. Following the Roman Road to Maiden Castle
2. Great Knipe
3. Looking south to Moudy Mea
4. Great Knipe from Yard Sike
5. The trig point on Great Knipe