Twelve of us met ready to walk, we travelled to Hangingshaw car park above High Force. The weather was cloudy and looking across to Cronkley Fell it was shrouded in thick cloud, nevertheless we set off and walked down to Cronkley Bridge.
The fields were covered with yellow Buttercups and Marsh Marigolds, as we crossed Cronkley Bridge we could see Lapwings swelling above us along with Curlews, Snipe, a Redshank and Black Headed Gulls. We walked up to Cronkley Farm passing two beautiful meadows either side of the footpath. On reaching Cronkley Farm we noticed that the mist had cleared from the top of Cronkley Fell and the day was brightening up. We followed the Pennine Way a little further being treated to the view of beautiful wild Pansies by the path. We soon left the Pennine Way and cut across to the path that led up from Holwick we then walked up the Green Trod to the top of Cronkley Fell making our way across to the trig point, where we had our lunch near a small tarn, here we were entertained by lots of Black-headed Gulls looking after their small chicks.
After lunch we made our way back to the main path, we had some wonderful sightings of Golden Plover and Spring Sandwort in amongst the Sugar Limestone, we also saw Birds Eye Primrose, Hoary Rockrose, Butterwort and lots more. We retraced our steps all the way back to the cars. On the way back the day was much brighter and the fields were a blaze of yellow and looked quite magnificent. On our homeward journey we stopped at Bowlees for refreshments and enjoyed the ‘William Smith’ Exhibition, William Smith being the father of Geology.