Blaydike Moss

Blaydike Moss

Blaydike Moss is a broad, spongy fell situated between Foxup Beck and Cosh Beck in the upper reaches of Littondale.

Height (m): 510
Height (ft): 1673
Prominence (m): 33
Classification: Dewey
Hill No: 3626
Grid Ref: SD852772
OS Map OL30
No. of Visits 2

I think it is safe to say that Blaydike Moss is one of the least visited and least known summits over 500m in the Yorkshire Dales. I’ve been up there twice and even I sometimes struggle to remember its name!

Looking down on Blaydike Moss from High Green Field Knott
Looking down on Blaydike Moss from High Green Field Knott

The fell is situated at the head of Littondale and is surrounded on three sides by higher ground. The result is that Blaydike Moss is hidden away and even close up it can often merge into the taller fells behind it.

Blaydike Moss rising above the remote hamlet of Foxup
Blaydike Moss rising above the remote hamlet of Foxup

The fell is bounded by Cosh Beck to the north and east and by Foxup Beck to the south. The River Skirfare is formed by meeting of the two becks at the foot of Blaydike Moss at Foxup Bridge. To the west the ground drops impercetibly into the wilderness north of Foxup Moor.

Cosh Beck Head Cave
Cosh Beck Head Cave

Probably the easiest way to the ‘summit’ is to take the solid track to Cosh Farm and then, before reaching Cosh Beck Head, cross the infant stream and make a beeline south. There is no path on this climb though the going is fairly easy underfoot. It is only when approaching the wall that runs across the top of the fell that wetter ground is encountered.

The wall running along the top of Blaydike Moss
The wall running along the top of Blaydike Moss

Apart from the aforementioned wall the only other feature on the summit is a small cairn marking the highest point. With Plover Hill to the south, Horse Head Moor to the east and High Green Field Knott to the north the only longer distance view on offer is west towards Ingleborough.

The summit of Blaydike Moss looking towards Ingleborough
The summit of Blaydike Moss looking towards Ingleborough

If the top of the fell doesn’t offer that much of interest the same cannot be said of Cosh Beck and Foxup Beck. In the spring of 2015 I was delighted to find an unexpected bank of primroses in the upper reaches of Cosh Beck on the flanks of Blaydike Moss. Also worth a detour are visits to Ber Gill Caves and especially Cosh Beck Head Cave.

Primroses in the upper reaches of Cosh Beck
Primroses in the upper reaches of Cosh Beck

To the south a walk along Foxup Beck is also worth a detour from Foxup Road, a path that connects Foxup with Horton-in-Ribblesdale. By following the beck upstream a number of small waterfalls are encountered in an area of great peace and solitude.

Waterfall on Foxup Beck
Waterfall on Foxup Beck

Ultimately peace and solitude are two of the main draws for fells like Blaydike Moss. After all the odds of encountering any other walkers on the summit have to be great indeed.

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