From: Beacon Hill House
Parking: Side of road
Start Point: Badger Gate
Region: Yorkshire Dales (just!)
Route length: 4.7miles
Time taken: 01:45
Average speed: 2.7mph
Summits on this walk: Round Hill (409m), The Old Pike (400m), Beamsley Beacon (395m)
Additional summits: Bramberry Hill
Other points of interest: Ancient rock etchings
Route: Beacon Hill House, Badgers Gate, Wards End, Wards Ends Bents, Langbar Moor, Pike Ridge, Round Hill, Bramberry Hill, Beamsley Level, The Old Pike, Beamsley Beacon, Beacon Hill House
Round Hill and Beamsley Beacon form the two end points of Beamsley Moor, a barrier of high ground that marks the very south-eastern extent of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. They also kick-start a vast area of high ground that stretches all the way to Great Whernside some distance to the north. Being at the very southern-eastern tip of the park makes the two hills the closest to my base of operations in Wakefield, perfect for a quick after work stroll now that the miserable 2014 weather seems to have abated for now.
Leaving early to avoid the majority of the evening rush hour, we arrived (as expected) just after 1600. Using the wonders of Google's spy car, we found a suitable place to park the car that would allow for a short, 4 mile round trip to make the most of the evening.
After a quick change from regulatory work attire to official walking attire, we headed off along the drive of Beacon Hill House towards Badgers Gate, a track that would lead us to the slopes of Langbar Moor. It was a lovely evening to be out, cold, quiet and ultimately dry (though not quite so underfoot). To save a significant loss of height, when we reached Wards End part way along the track, we set a bearing to the obvious Boundary Stone marked on the map that would lead us to a direct route route up to top of Round Hill.
|Ilkley Moor across the valley|
|The slopes of Langbar Moor|
|The setting sun was casting a lovely light|
|The distant Blubberhouses Moor|
|Evidence of a countryside past time|
|The distant Old Pike|
|The track that leads to the top of Round Hill|
|Sun setting over The Old Pike|
|The summit of Round Hill|
|One of a number of mile markers dotted around|
In addition to the ancient history, Round Hill also marks the start of the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the line neatly following the ridge top all the way to Beamsley Beacon. This is the direction we would head next, following the path across the insignificant hump of Bramberry Hill and over Beamsley Level to The Old Pike, another ancient feature.
|More sunset action over the Old Pike and Skipton Moor|
|Some nice crespucular rays over Skipton Moor|
|A peek into the Yorkshire Dales National Park towards Barden Fell|
|Another mile marker|
|Some shoe-swallowing bogs|
|Scenes of the Peak District?|
Back to The Old Pike though. Standing a grand total of 5m higher than Beamsley Beacon, The Old Pike is natural feature that has evidence of ancient use. In this case, though difficlut to see now, stones appear to have been added to a natural outcrop and some large gritstone boulders which were already in situ. Either way, it provides a great view of the nearby Beamsley Beacon.
|Another interesting marker post looking towards Round HIll|
|The track leading towards The Old Pike|
|The Old Pike|
|The view to the west|
|The plaque in the trig pillar|
|The huge cairn|
|The final glow of daylight|