BB1906 : Send For Jonna !

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Jonna knows how to treat a BOOTboy. Sausage baps for starters then we’re ready for anything.

Now that she and Robin are living in Clapham, it has brought a new dimension to our outings, especially when, like today, the forecast for the lakes was far inferior. Our target was the remarkable limestone pavement of Moughton Scars.  First however- well second however after the sausages- was the exploration of Clapham.

Sorry, third.  Second, I wanted to see if James was sporting a pigtail after his Ecuardorian adventures.  Remarkably, he was!

Back to the plot.  I was particularly keen to see the church.  I had only been in it once before, many years ago as a pallbearer along with Pete and other colleagues for our revered Managing Director, Big G, who had died far too young.

Externally it looks an interesting old building.  Internally, other than for the fact that it is much wider than I anticipated, it was a bit of a disappointment.

Leaving the village by the Thwaite Lane (Track), past the Ingleborough Hall Outdoor Education Centre of which we could see very little, it was a little odd to have to pass through two tunnels before climbing to the Long Lane (Track) that led up the east side of Clapham Beck.

You might wonder why I keep writing (Track).  The answer is because that is what the OS map says!

On the other side of the beck we could see the entrance to Ingleborough Cave that we had passed recently when Santa went missing (BB1840).  This time, rather than seeking the Gaping Gill cavern, we turned north east along the Pennine Bridleway.

We had expected to be able to see Ingleborough but the top was enshrouded..... was Pen-y-Ghent though both would clear later in the day.  

There were some unusual stone formations to be seen,  one looking like a logo for an aircraft company, or maybe a firm that makes coat hangers.  Or clip-on moustaches.

Soon we could see the length of Moughton Scar.  This features a limestone pavement plateau below the Sulber limestone plateau and above the grassy Crummack Dale.

It looks as if there is no easy way down the cliff but there is.  If you continue along by the wall to Sulber Gate then pass through the slippery clints and grikes of Thieves Moss you will come to a small ravine.  This is a great place to stop for lunch, protected by a wall from the bitter wind.  In the wall is the Beggar's Stile and on the other side is a completely safe, easy descent into the dale.

Further down Crummack Lane, having passed a couple of fields of erratics.....

..... we thought we would take the path that leads to those of Norber.  

We have explored this boulder field several times before so simply passed through these wonders to drop back down to Thwaite Lane (Track) / Pennine Bridleway / A Pennine Journey – you choose by which name you want it to be remembered.  The descent to the tunnels has severe warnings that are well merited.  In the wet, this greasy track could easily prove fatal to a heedless cyclist.

What was fate rather than fatal (fortunately) was our visit to the New Inn which was living up to its name in the sense that internally it has been newly renovated.

Although now seeming to be a fairly plush hotel, the bar end was welcoming for muddy boots and dog (I should have mentioned that Robin had brought Holly).

Good beer but no sausages.  Quick, send for Jonna!

Don, Wednesday 6th February 2019



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Pete McL

Sad memory in that one. So long ago, I didn't recognise either the church or the New Inn


I don’t think we ever went to the New Inn though I do remember it standing in the chicane in the middle of the village.  The Flying Horseshoe was George’s favourite.  We had some legendary nights there!

Steve G:

Yes the New Inn has certainly changed .. up market hotel ... not the welcoming pub it once was imo


The New Inn, I am told, has been through various incarnations, not always as a welcoming pub! No complaints from us, though. Welcoming, real fire, decent beer. Just no sausages!

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Comitibus:  Robin, James, Tony, Don plus Holly


Map: OS 1:50k


BB1906 : Send For Ionna !


Wednesday 6th February 2019


Moughton Scars


Don, James, Robin, Tony

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