A linear walk 5.5 miles, 3 hours.
I finish work at 13:00 on a Friday, so at this time of year I'm able to get out for a quick hike somewhere local. I usually end up in the Ilkley area, but this time I have gone even more local. Almscliff Crag is known to most that live in the Leeds or Harrogate areas, and you have probably clapped eyes on it if you've ever visited Otley Chevin, Ilkley Moor or travelled to Harrogate from Leeds. It's a fantastic example of a Pennine Tor of which you can see its distinctive shape from miles around. I'm particularly interested in the place due to a bolt-type Trig Point that adorns its highest rock, of which I've never bagged, and the fact it's the nearest highest point too.
For me this is a 10 minute bus ride on the Harrogate 36 service that stops at the end of my road, so nice and easy to get to and from! Whilst waiting for the bus, a truck went by with a car on the back of it, a directors box, and Stephen Tompkinson at the wheel of the car pretending to drive whilst filming for the new series of DCI Banks. So if you watch that show and see a guy at the side of the road looking impatient for a bus in hiking gear, you know who it was.
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