Walk of the Month: Clapham and Norber Erratics Walk

Where to wander this month: Clapham to Austwick via Norber

This scenic walk from Clapham Village car park to the village of Austwick is a great way to explore 2 lovely Yorkshire Dales villages and see the Norber Erratics. Both villages offer traditional shops, quaint features and friendly locals as well as stunning views of the Dales.

Pubs along the way:

If you want to make a day of it, book lunch at either The Game Cock Inn or The Traddock. The Game Cock offers a French inspired menu in a traditional Yorkshire Dales Pub with roaring fires and real ales. The Traddock hotel offers a traditional menu with locally sourced food in its elegant Georgian Country House.

The New Inn in Clapham would also make a great food stop if you’re looking to eat after your walk. This is a wonderfully welcoming pub with stylish decor and a tasty menu.

The route:

View the route here.

Taking you through Clapham Tunnels, which were created to service and access the Ingleborough Hall Estate, and along ‘Thwaite Lane’ into Austwick.

To completely avoid fields and grassland we would advise missing out points 5 & 6, walking straight along the track at point 4 to point 7. This makes it much more achievable for kids and keeps the boots a bit cleaner.

If you choose to include points 5 and 6 in your route you will head to the famous ‘Norber Erratics’. These large boulders were said to have been brought in during the Ice Age from nearby Crummackdale. Made of Silurian Rock, the boulders sit upon Limestone Pedestals, which is the more local rock.

Over time the limestone has worn away at a quicker rate than the Silurian rock, creating these small and precarious pedestals. Making for a spectacular feature on the landscape, the Norber Erractis are well worth the diversion on a clear day.

Enjoy your walk and adventuring around the Yorkshire Dales.

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