Yockenthwaite Moor

  • A vast peat hagged moor
  • Lying between Wharfedale & Wensleydale
  • Good views of the 3 Peaks (allegedly!)

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

Recommend: Definitely the northern route is best for the reasons mentioned above, a direct assault fro Yockenthwaite hamlet is quicker but lacking in any sort of pleasure.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North & Central Buy Map
Start Point: SD 903862. Marsett. Parking appears to be ok in the village. Head over the bridge, along a track east , across the bridge and then a steep climb to Stalling Bust and the bridleway.
Height to Climb: 420 ms (1380 feet)
Terrain: Dreadful peat hags along the summit plateau make the going difficult in all but the driest conditions or frozen ground. Excellent wide tracks climb to the plateau and head down in to Raydale.
Eating & Drinking: A short 2 1/2 mile drive to Bainbridge where there is a pub and cafe.
Similar Walks Nearby: Addleborough, Wensleydale
Semer Water Circuit
Birks Fell, Upper Wharfedale
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