From Hart Side to Aira Force there are six "Birketts", four which we hadn't done on a previous loop from near Dockray, and two near Aira Force. The views are excellent, but underfoot a bit tedious, so for interest we added Sheffield Pike via its East ridge, a gem. A Spring day of sunhats and gloves.
In the event of anyone actually doing the Settle to Carlisle walk, here's an alternative from Orton to Crosby Ravensworth which is less exposed in the event of a bad day, has more interest in the form of ancient settlement sites, but does have far more stiles and gates. We encorporated this recently
Misty start to the day and wanted a shorter walk , so did the pleasant valley start to Walk 20, past Wharton Hall and Pendragon Castle, the latter currently blocked to entrance. Ascended the High Seat ridge with clearing visibility and sun, as for the Walk, but at the first zig-zag on the grassy
Note, this is now fully described in the Second Edition of "Hillwalks from the Settle to Carlisle Railway Stations", 2014, walk 1b. If the long Langcliffe Scar track does not appeal, but a bit more hillwork does, try this start: as per the book, walk 1, but at the Malham/Settle road turn right
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