There is something calming and quietly reassuring about the peace and solitude of a lonesome meander across a remote moor.
I can thoroughly recommend Barden Moor on a fresh spring day with barely a cloud in the sky for just such an experience. Your heart rate rising as you climb up to the rim of this natural bowl. Once inside, you are sheltered from all but the strongest of winds. The pheasants having a hearty chuckle to themselves and occasionally making you jump as they take flight immediately AFTER you’ve walked past them. Stupid birds!!!
The two reservoirs, although man made obviously, add to the scenery rather than detract from it. The route can be as easy or as difficult as you choose, depending on where you start from, i.e. park, and how far you’d like to walk. Much of it is on established tracks but there are sections of soft boggy ground where sturdy walking boots would be more suitable. The section between the cross on Rylstone Fell and Rolling Gate Crags is tricky and can be very wet. However, I think the views are well worth the effort!
And at the end of it all, there’s a warm welcome waiting for you at the Cavendish Arms in Embsay.