Keld/Rogan Seat walk Thursday 7th September 2023

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“On Thursday 7th September we set off on a 7.5mile circular walk from Keld to the summit of Rogan’s Seat: of Norse Origin described as Rogan’s Upland Pasture. Shortly after leaving the village on a well made bridleway which crossed the River Swale, we then turned north ascending into East Gill. Navigating rough and very uneven ground for an hour or two – not a pasture in sight- we made our hot and weary way towards the grouse butts! From here the going was much more favourable and we were soon on well made landrover tracks which led us to the summit point.

Rogan’s Seat is a small summit perched on and surrounded by peat hags: Jackie’s 29th Yorkshire Dale was conquered! Leaving the summit we headed south then west, our expansive views were today mellowed by a significant heat haze. Interest was added as we descended into East Grain and onto ‘Swinners Gill’ once used for mining, where we lingered for a while, enjoying a much needed breeze. 

After crossing the gill we made a short ascent and came upon the ruins of ‘Crackpot Hall’ a two storey building steeped in legend and mystery, from here the return to Keld followed the now much trod C to C route back into the village. A well earned ice-cream was enjoyed by all, another good day out.” Thanks to Gill and Peter.

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