Embsay Crag

Route info Easy (but steep ascent)
Distance 3 miles (approx)
Time 2 hours
Low Point 200m (approx)
High Point 350m (approx)
Height gain 150m (approx)
Terrain Road, good tracks and a bit of minor scrambling
Bogs My route down was very boggy
Dogs Ok (on leads in places)
Cow count 0+
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★★★★

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*Calculated by Ordnance Survey GPS

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Health stats Approx
Steps taken 6,000
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 223 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs 401 cals

*Calories burned uses this calculator and is worked out as though we are walking ‘level’.  If inclines were added it should be higher.



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Route description

  1. There is a good free car park at Embsay Reservoir.  Park up and head eastwards (right) along the track by the reservoir.
  2. After about 300m turn left, following the bank of the reservoir.
  3. Cross over the footbridge
  4. The path has changed course a little, so I hopped over the fence near the derelict barn
  5. Ascend Embsay Crag through the brambles
  6. Admire the views on Embsay Crag
  7. I had a look around and decided not to go on.  It looked like there was a track on the western flank of Embsay Crag so I headed for this track
  8. It proved to be a boggy and overgrown way down off the hill, but I made it back to Embsay Reservoir ok
  9. I walked back to the car along the west side of the reservoir

On this route

Embsay Reservoir, Witshaw Bank, Embsay Crag, Wayshaw Bogs, Bent Holes, Stoneycliff Brow, Tattersall Green