North Yorkshire Walk to Almscliff Crag
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This picturesque 7 mile circular walk is in an unspoilt area north of the River Wharfe and close to Leeds and Harrogate. This is an easy walk and great if you are new to OutdoorLads. We will meet at the village of Castley before taking farm tracks and fields to the villages of Weeton and North Rigton. Almscliff Crag is a millstone grit outcrop reported to have been used in ancient days for Druidical rites and ceremonies; today it is used by rock climbers and walkers, it has extensive views over the lower end of Wharfedale and to the Vale of York. After taking in the views we will make our way back to Castley via fields and woodland.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Please bring water and a packed lunch.
We may go to a local cafe after the walk, please bring money if you would like a drink.