Simon's Seat and the River Wharfe
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Join Steven and the OutdoorLads for an exploration of the high ground east of the River Wharfe with a climb to the popular rocky top of Simon's Seat and a walk through the Valley of Desolation.
The route is a round that follows part of the Dales Way, visits several waterfalls and is an enjoyable wander round this part of Wharfedale.
The ascent is in the early part of the walk using a steeper approach initially through forest and even though the mileage is not too high a good level of fitness will be needed to complete this round in good time.
The summit is a place where we will spend a while admiring the extensive views and exploring the interesting summit area, different scrambling routes access the summit Trig Point clambering over the dark millstone grit exposed standing above the broad heather moor.
Throughout the walk there are many points of interest from the wilder natural woodland and curious summit rock formations to the managed landscapes of moorland and forestry, there are also many old stone bridges framing the river for good photographs.
Wildlife is abundant here, roe deer, red kites, buzzards are quite often seen on this route and there are some huge old trees both in the river gorge and the parkland.
Come along , burn some calories and enjoy a chat with like minded lads. I hope to see you there.
Photo Credits: All photographs have been taken by the walk leader and permission is granted for OutdoorLads to use for this event and at any time in future.
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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
Packed lunch, snacks and plenty of water or soft drink 2 litres recommended