Embsay Crag to Thorpe Fell Top - Sun 20th May 2007
A Circular walk of approx 12mls starting and finishing in the village of Embsay near Skipton.

Go through the gate at the rear of the car park and head diagonally right to the stile in the corner of the field. Follow the short lane between the allotments and pass through another stile into the field.

  The view to Embsay Crag from the stile at the start of our walk
Pass through the stile at the opposite corner of the field, then turn left and follow the road for approx 0.5 km before regaining the path on the left.
Follow the path north up through the farm at Boncroft until a gate is reached which leads out onto the open fell. Pass through the gate and turn left to follow the path east up to Embsay Crag - 371m.
  Looking back to Embsay from the path above Boncroft.
Nearing the summit of Embsay Crag. The village of Embsay can be seen in the valley.
Embsay Moor Reservoir.
We leave the summit and follow the path southwest down past the reservoir to Crag Nook where we then head northwest towards Crookrise Crag Top
Following High Edge towards Crookrise Crag Top - A popular area for climbers.
Crookrise Crag Top - 415m
.We cross the wall at the stile and carry on following the path as it descends to Waterfall Gill Beck, then climbs again along High Bark to the Cross at Rylstone Fell. Originally this was a wooden cross first erected to celebrate the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
  Gerry adding some scale to the proceedings
Following the path northeast now we soon reach the war memorial on Cracoe Fell - a timely stop for lunch.
We carry on following the wall northeast until we join the track near Bartle Crag. We then follow the track for approx 1 km until we reach GR009600 where we now leave the track and head south over rough moorland the short distance to reach the summit of: -

Thorpe Fell Top - 506m

After retracing our steps back over the rough moorland to regain the track we head east until we reach a small dam, we cross the dam following the track south now and after approx 2km we reach Upper Bardon Reservoir
  Looking back across the track over the reservoir
Leaving the reservoir we follow the track up to the main bridleway then turn right, walk the short distance to the signpost FP. Eastby - turn left and follow this path some 3 km across Embsay Moor and back to Embsay.