Why life’s just hell in the Dales (12 pics)

My old milk-bottle legs got an airing in the sunny Dales yesterday. Shorts were donned for a walk around Warrendale Knotts just up the hill from home in Langcliffe. From the top of any of the limestone knolls you can enjoy great views east and west. The mighty scars here are as impressive as any along the Craven Fault, and the limestone Dales landscape contrasts greatly from the neighbouring gritstone area where Black Hill and Rye Loaf Hill loom darkly. In the west, Ingleborough and Penyghent look down on Ribblesdale. Top photo shows Attermire Scar with Black Hill and Rye Loaf Hill in the background.

View from Warrendale Knotts towards Victoria Cave and Penyghent
Off to Hell
Hellgill Force in the Yorkshire Dales National Park


Earlier in the week I drove through the Dales to the Mallerstang area, captured a steam train crossing Dandry Mire viaduct and took a trip to Hell. Well, Hellgill Force, to be precise. Sometimes this waterfall can be nobbut a trickle while other times it’s a truly spectacular sight when water cascades down from the steep fells. Hell Gill forms the boundary between Yorkshire and Westmorland and is where the water chooses which way to head to the coast – either west along the Lune and Eden route, or east and on to the North Sea via the Ure. This ‘Hell’ has nothing to do with that devil chap, in case you were wondering – the name stems from an Old Norse word ‘hella’, meaning flat stone.

The grass seemed greener than green along Silverdale road between Stainforth and Halton Gill – the colour is just down to the reflection of the sun.

Robin Procter Scar and Foxgloves down a shady lane at Wharfe near Austwick on Saturday.

A quiet moment in the Dales sunshine in Langcliffe
End of a perfect week – sunset over Ingleborough seen from Winskill, Ribblesdale

3 thoughts on “Why life’s just hell in the Dales (12 pics)”

  1. Never knew that about Hell Gill. Had supposed it all went into the Eden but some goes to the Lune eh? Where does the divide happen?

    The term County Beck is presumably used for the stream rather than the waterfall bit of it.

    Shame about it not deriving from Satan’s Hell. The thought of Hell somehow feeding the Garden of Eden gives some sort of hope to us all I suppose.

    1. Badly worded by me Mark… I wasn’t talking solely about the water from Hell GillI, I meant that the water from the whole area (including Ravenstonedale to the west) goes to the Lune and Morecambe Bay or via Eden to Solway, or east via Ure. And yes, the county line leaves Hell Gill before the falls so they can truly be claimed by Westmorland. Grand area to explore from the S&C!

  2. There’s some wonderful pictures there this time. Many thanks for this.
    Ive just come back from a week up there with my brother and sister. And it was sunny for the whole week despite the forecast saying it would rain.
    Discovering Buckden beck and the waterfall walk there was one of the highlights for me.

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