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Name:Cracoe Fell
Hill number:3682
Height:507.8m / 1666ft
RHB Section:35B: The Central Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Yorkshire Dales - Southern Fells
County/UA:North Yorkshire (CoU)
Catchment:Aire, Catchment Boundaries, Wharfe
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Dewey
Grid ref:SD 99312 58837
Summit feature:NW corner of rock plinth supporting monument
Col:197.8m  SD975602  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 103
(1:25k) OL2S
Survey:Leica NA730
Survey of Thorpe Fell Top and Cracoe Fell (Final).doc
Comments:Replaced 2803 Thorpe Fell Top in June 2008
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Solo. Parked in a lay-by on the B6265 just north of Rylstone village (SD 96926 58738). Then a clockwise round. Chapel Lane to Cracoe village. Fell Lane to Cracoe fell and then Obelisk. I was unable to locate a track from the end of Fell Lane to the Obelisk, making this section extremely difficult to walk (but it was extremely easy to navigate)! Then followed the wall to Rylstone Cross. Finally down Sun Moor Hill back to car.ADT08/07/2020
From Halton Moor. Heather bashing from 990572 but should have stayed on track until wall.Descent much easier via both reservoirs.peter4lc24/06/2020
Thorpe - Thorpe Fell - Cracoe Fell - Elbolton - Thorpebriandiggle06/03/2020
Parked at the lay-by N of duckpond at Rylstone. Solo. Went up to the church and then roughly SE along the bridle way to Sun Moor Hill. I left the bridle way and headed north on a path, over two stiles to the prominent cross. This is made of millstone grit. I climbed over the stile and followed the footpath on the east side of a wall to the summit of Cracoe Fell. I got a foot on the rock at the NW corner of the obelisk which is at the summit. This NW corner is the highest natural point of the hill. Returned the same way. Very misty on the high parts of the hill and very wet and muddy underfoot. It was mostly dry with a little drizzle.pwbellarby25/01/2020
Me and t'other cockwomblescockwomble24/11/2019
Parked at Embsay reservoir and ran up to Cracoe Fell then Thorpe Fell and down to Upper Barden reservoir before the pull up to Brown Bank. Then dropped down to Embsay Cray before returning to the car.Fellhugger24/11/2019
Barden Moor round with Smudge 3 of 3SteveG24/11/2019
Halton Moor C/P circular with SG. Slow & mucky between High Bark and Peter's Crag - rest of the day was on good estate tracks and a well engineered path SE of the Upper Dam.Smudge24/11/2019
Parked at Embsay reservoir and ran up to Cracoe Fell then Thorpe Fell and down to Upper Barden reservoir before the pull up to Brown Bank. Then dropped down to Embsay Cray before returning to the car.cackleberry24/11/2019
From the barn at the end of the road in Fell Lane. Impressive monument.NormanW23/11/2019
From Cracoe, awkward gv parking in Fell Lane then up the lane and right down and across stream and up track to anemometer. From there direct and ever steepening ascent to WW1 to prominent summit obelisk. Descended higher route SW then NW and back to anemometer.Topographer5722/10/2019
With Val. Good weather. From B6265 at Rylstone. Footpath from church then track and path to col. NE along ridge to Cross then on to the obelisk. Fell race in progress with lots of runners coming up from Cracoe, around the obelisk and back down to Cracoe.mike.hoult21/07/2019
Up from Thorpe, to the trig point first then down to the track and along to the monument. Grouse moorland. Pretty windy. Had to hold onto the monument to balance at the high point.Father Ted14/04/2019
From Thorpe via TFT. Stupidly went directly from TFT in a straight line. Try this - after TFT, return to track follow it to the wall, then follow tros along the wall to summit. Sunny and warm.iangalbraith22/02/2019
Saturday lunchtime. 2.5 hours return from Rylstone along bridleway to cross then onto obelisk. Great walk.Longwojo05/01/2019
4th top of 8 on a route from Grassington to Skipton climbing Elbolton and Kail hill then Thorpe Fell conrinuing the moorland slog to 1st reach and explore the Tors then via ladder stile to climb up the highest side. Continued by climbing through one of the gulleys between two tors (and almost getting stuck) to head off towards Brown Bank...Dazingdale29/12/2018
From Cracoe to Linton via Cracoe Fell top, Thorpe Fell Top and Elbolton.summitsup10/12/2018
From Cracoe Fell Lane. Yomped across to Thorpe Fell just in case.squeegs27/09/2018
Parked in lay by on corner in Ryleston and walked back down busy road to bridleway up to cross-surprised it's made of concrete . Then along edge to obelsisk memorial. 2 hours.Mark Sims04/05/2018
Evening walk from Cracoe village up Fell Lane Road/Track. At junction branched right through gate following track to miniwind turbine/solar panel, then straight up on limited path lines.N.Morters25/04/2018
No doubt AD will move the summit to Thorpe Fell...bagged from Embsey on good wet footpaths after visiting Brown Bank. As it was later than I would have liked retuned sameish way to EmbseyButeobuteo07/04/2018
Burnsell (Parked by Bridge) - Numberstones End - Old Mine Workings - Thorpe Fell Top summit & trig (506m) - Cracoe Fell summit and Oberlisk (507.8m) - R (Rylstone) /C (Cracoe) Boundary Stones - Upper Barden Reservoir - Standard Hill - Gill Beck Tarn - Air Scar Crags - The Owl (Sculpture) - Burnsell.briandavies28/12/2017
From Cracoe, parking on Fell Lane. Faint boggy track through rough ground leads eventualy to the top. Impressive tower on large slab rock outcrop marks the summit.jonglew24/12/2017
lovely walk just watch out for grouse shooting timesiannotts30/09/2017
Parked in layby at SD969588. Walked to Rylstone church then on to Cracoe. Used permissive path to reach access land. Followed grassy path to summit obelisk. Continued along ridge (path with best views on NW side of wall) to Cross and then descended shortly afterwards back to Rylstone Church.raffemeister13/09/2017
From Halton Height parking via estate tracks then footpath to High Bank. At this point the view opens up and the wind starts kicking off! Some stunning wind and rain carved stones along this stretch. The obelisk for a time doesnt seem to get any closer. A fine monument though with a superb view. Crikey it was breezy though. Reached ob in under an hour and three quarters and later on was feeling the pace a bit but next off to find the trig pillar next. My 500th!stig_nest06/09/2017
From Thorpe junction, back to Appletreewick via Rylestone Cross and Barden Reservoirpatriciagill30/07/2017
Train to Skipton, bus to Linton then Elbolton Fell, Kail Hill, Thorpe Fell, Cracoe Fell, Brown Bank and Halton Height and then walk back to Skipton Station for return to Londontrimarc223/05/2017
Solo - circuit oftener topsAimless Rambler22/05/2017
Sue and meTonyandsue17/02/2017
From Embsay Reservoir.lenman04/02/2017
4/6 Yorkshire hill bagging day Fourth of six (Skipton Moor/Sharp How/Brown Bank/Cracoe Fell/Thorpe Fell Top/Greenhow Hill Top)Fergalh13/11/2016
Up from wee layby at Rylstone and along edge. Wet.fasgadh18/10/2016
From Thorpe village and then onto Thorpe Fell.bevandy11425/09/2016
On a two night backapack, camped by wall at Peters Crag to the east. Miserable wet night but I had Wine and Lasagna.mick21/09/2016
Takes longer than anticipated to get to the obelisk! Great ridge walk. From Rylstone.twg2712/09/2016
From Embsay, via Sharp Haw over Rough Haw (yes, it is) to Rylstone and up the bridleway to Cracoe Fell on a blisteringly hot day. Mercifully short bog trotting from the track NE of Threapland Gill to the trig, then down NE to the shooting hut. Torrential rain at Upper Barden Reservoir provided a refreshing soaking. Back via Stoneridge quarries path.Gill27/08/2016
Thorpe Fell - Cracoe Fellronaldo33323/07/2016
With K. Longer than anticipated. Pleasant route via bridleway to south from layby to west. Unfortunately marred by low cloud and rain.Ashley09/07/2016
12.3 mile circular from car park at Halton Moor walked up to Halton Height (High Crag), then followed lane up to Brown Bank, across to the cross then onto Cracoe Fell (Watt Crag), walked back down wall to another lane then cut across heather to Thorpe Fell Top trig, cut back to lane then followed lanes to Upper Barden Reservoir dam back to the car park. Bagged Sharp Haw and Rough Haw earlier that day.DanTrig11/02/2016
Parked in an inlet on Thorpe Lane. 1.5 miles to peak. Walked through Thorpe village then up track. Not many people visit this one. Cloud on summit. Came back over Elbolton hill or lump to be rewarded by Sheep's skull on its cairn. Very impressive. Company: Soloiandesbottes28/12/2015
Parked on B6265 just south of Rylstone and just north of where the track leaves the road. Climbed Cracoe Fell and then went across to Thorpe Fell Top - the last part was across the pathless moor which, as far as pathless moors go, was not too bad. Need a compass and GPS though.clivevilla18/12/2015
2mFM Radio Activation NP-032. Parked in layby just outside village. very busy road. very wet day with Therese and dogs.Petem0hqo01/08/2015
Dropped of at Green Farm then up to memorial and obelisk on good track then path. Path down too to Fell Lane and pick up at Cracoe. Humid.SS12/07/2015
As part of a circular route of High Crag, Brown Bank, Cracoe Fell and Thorpe Fell Top. Straightforward in terms of access and navigation.JohnStoneham17/05/2015
Solo. I walked from Rylstone. As I passed the church I met most of the congregation on their annual Good Friday pilgrimage up to the Rylstone Cross.Dangerous Dave03/04/2015
Parked at Hetton then via Rylstone up to Rylstone Cross along top to Obelisk and then return to CracoeBertha484822/03/2015
From large layby SW of the village of Cracoe (SD973596), looping around on Rights of Way to approach hill from SW. Route and write-up at:
FOSCLA walk from Gargrave via Rylstone, Rylstone Fell and on up to the monument atop Cracoe Fell. Fine view down the valley of a stone train going to the quarry to load up. Easy enough going and wayfinding straightforward. Bus back from Cracoe to Skipton.JOHNS22/11/2014