Picture Post: Scaling the heights of iconic Yorkshire landmark

PIC: James Hardisty
PIC: James Hardisty
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It’s no surprise that Kilnsey Crag recently earned a place in the top 50 views of Yorkshire.

The list, voted for by more than 1,000 people, was published in The Dalesman magazine this month and the iconic limestone outcrop was there, alongside Castle Howard, Haworth High Street and Bempton Cliffs.

The magazine’s editor, Adrian Braddy, said: “When I first launched the hunt for Yorkshire’s best view the most common remark I heard was how could I possibly choose just one?’ It is a fair point, but fortunately hundreds of people were able to pin down their favourite.

“The views chosen as the 50 best demonstrate the extraordinary diversity of landscapes - both natural and man-made - that make up England’s biggest county. What with the moors, Dales, and coastline, plus all the stunning architecture and amazing geological features, we are certainly spoilt for choice. Would a poll carried out in any other county feature such a variety of amazing views. I doubt it.”

Like Braddy, we might be biased, but the dramatic landscape of Yorkshire is one of its best assets and here a climber slowly makes his way up the face of Kilnsey Crag, which juts out over the Skipton to Kettlewell road.

Overlooking the River Wharfe from the west, the Crag is around 170ft high, with an overhang of 40ft and when the Tour de France rolled into town last year it provided the perfect viewpoint from which to see the peloton ride past.

West from Kilnsey towards Malham Tarn runs the historic Mastiles Lane, a Roman marching road, which later became an important drovers’ track used for moving the Fountains Abbey flocks to higher ground during the summer.

While Kilnsey may be small, it packs a lot in. The Old Hall, which was the administrative site for wool trade in the medieval period, has been lovingly restored, and as well as its famous trout farm, The Tennant Arms provides welcome refreshment for those climber who scale Kilnsey’s heights.

Technical details: Nikon D3s, Lens Nikon VR 70-200mm, Shutter Speed 1/160s, Aperture f/5, ISO 320.

Picture: James Hardisty

Words: Sarah Freeman