The cloud was hovering over the peaks, probably around 2000’ but it was the first dry day in the week, so a walk was called for. Something high enough above the river, yet low enough below the cloud to be dry from both above and below. Setting off from Litton we walked to the head of Pen-y-ghent Gill. It was clear why Littondale had been a favourite of my wife’s grandfather, Lionel. The head of the gill was a particular highlight – called ‘The Giants Cave’ according to our guide. Wonderful limestone formations. That limestone being the secret behind our dry passage.
And upon return to Litton another very pleasant surprise – the Queens Arms had re-opened. Litton is a very satisfyingly peaceful place, and the Queens Arms an excellent compliment. With a very welcoming landlady, three good beers on tap (Thwaits, Black Sheep plus one other) and being ready to brew up a pot of tea for Mrs W it was a great place. I noticed it has much going on in the evenings, and even offers accommodation for travellers. Another interesting feature is the attached to the pub. It is not operational at the moment but is due to start brewing again in the late Spring of 2013.
The road from Settle into Litton looked truly fabulous for a cycle ride – so with this potential and the charming Queens Arms as hostelry we are already keen to return via a days cycle ride across the Fells of Bowland and the Dales. A quick look on a cycle route planning map clearly identifies a fine route out and different route of equal potential on the way home. Roll on the Spring!