03-May-2002 -- After a nightmare passing the city of Bradford (road works everywhere) I reached the village of Embsay. The public car park (53,9858°N 2,0036°W) at the Embsay Reservoir is a meeting point for dogs and their owners. Facing the southern boundary Yorkshire Dales National Park with the Embsay Crag I asked two gentlemen for some advice. As I knew from visitor#1 there supposed to be an "easy" path – but where is it – no idea. Since the GPS directed me towards NORTH therefore the crag was not my favourite.
So I walked around the lake and tried find a path uphill. Before I reached the brook which drains the bog I turned left following the GPS indication. For me this was strange vegetation with a lot of birds and walking on a sponge. After I had crossed the hill walked down directly in well-head of the ‘Wayshaw Bogs’. It does not look swampy, but my boots were already filled up.
For the way back I went westwards hoping to find a suit path. After all I found something that could be called so and it connected strange semicircle stone walls in regular intervals. Somehow the path disappeared again and I stepped down with some more water in my boots. Nevertheless I enjoyed the tremendous view to the SOUTH.
As I study the maps and aerial photo again I suspect that there should be a path directly from north western corner of the reservoir. Try it, it’s a nice hike and wear watertight boots.
Maps in pic#8 was provided by http://www.streetmap.co.uk;
Aerial photo in pic#8 was provided by http://www.multimap.com
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