Feizor Thwaite, Yorkshire Dales

Route info
Distance 8 miles
Time 4hrs
Low Point 150m (approx)
High Point 320m (approx)
Height gain 170m (approx)
Terrain Access land, farms and road
Bogs Ok
Dogs Usually ok, but snow made me change route today
Cow count 3
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★

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Health stats Approx
Steps taken 17,214
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 743 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs 1338 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

Feizor Thwaite (8)Today me, Jack and Chris met up with Matt from for a walk up to Smearsett Scar.  Before I describe our route it should be noted that my walk had to be cut short because my dog wasn’t equipped properly for the snow, and eventually ran the risk of getting hypothermia, so I had to come down off the fell onto the road. Matt’s write up has the correct route details for what looked like a brilliant walk up to Smearsett Scar and Giggleswick Scar, please click here for details .  My route detours along Feizor Thwaite and then straight to the road, back into Settle.

We parked up at the train station in Settle and headed out of the town, along the road to Giggleswick.  After reaching a bridge crossing the River Ribble we crossed the road and joined a path that follows the river upstream towards Stackhouse.

After walking around Stackhouse we joined Stainforth Lane and continued north towards Little Stainforth. We then took a left onto the fells, heading in a westerly direction towards Smearsett Scar.  Here the ground was beginning to become thick with snow and when we eventually reached the foot of Smearsett Scar I realised the dog was struggling.  The trouble was that her short legs and long fur meant snow was becoming embedded into her coat.  I told Matt to go up to Smearsett Scar while I got all the snow out of her fur but it wouldn’t budge.  She was shivering badly and knowing that I was about 2 miles from the road I took the executive decision to get her off the hill. I practically ran all the way whilst carrying her.

It turned out to be the right decision because by the time I had got to the road she was docile, with very slow breathing and her eyes were going to the back of her head.  This was a bit of a lesson for me but luckily when I got her to the road and forced her to walk, the snow eventually fell out of her fur and she started to warm up and come round.

The last part of the walk was straight down the B6480 following Giggleswick Scar into Settle.  This emergency route was actually very similar to the intended route, just not as picturesque.

As for the dog, although she was shivering all the way home in the car, she made it home safely.

Remember the proper route is available at http://www.mypennines.co.uk.

On this route

Settle, Ribble Way, Stackhouse,Stainforth Lane, Little Stainforth, Smearsett Scar (passing), Feizor Thwaite, Giggleswick Scar (passing), Giggleswick