Yockenthwaite Moor lies towards the eastern end of a wide peat hagged moor. The walk on the ridge is rarely pleasant but the approaches from Raydale improve the walk a lot.
I headed for Yockenthwaite Moor on what I deemed to be a cold frosty day where the land would be frozen and I would be able to avoid the infamous peat hags of the area. Sadly I misjudged the weather (or the Met Office did), the cloud was down and moist enough not to keep all the ground frozen. The peat hags were so bad that at one stage I lost a boot in a bog and spent 5 minutes digging around the squelch until I was able to extract it from the peat. I do believe that this is the worst peat hags I have come across in England (with the exception of Mickle Fell) and actually worse than anything I have encountered in Scotland. Please do not tell me there are worse, there is no point and I will not visit them.
The route from the north (my chosen one) does at least have the virtue of an excellent fence throughout, removing any route finding difficulties, and by starting and finishing on good stretches of easy byways. Also coming from the traditional and largely unspoilt Raydale with lovely Semer Water a backdrop does top and tail the trip nicely.
The summit cairn does feel it is floating away on a sea of peat hags, whether it really is the highest point is anyone’s guess!
Yockenthwaite Moor is one of the Dales 30 Mountains
Definitely the northern route is best for the reasons mentioned above, a direct assault from Yockenthwaite hamlet is quicker but lacking in any sort of pleasure.
Fences can be extremely useful for navigation. Even the broken rusted fence posts on the summit ridge of Yockenthwaite Moor are useful. Alternatively the walk would be a real compass challenge.
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