14-Jun-2000 -- Okay, it's the 14th June 2000, and I'm now
working in Leeds. Two confluences are within striking distance and I pick
54N 002W as my second confluence attempt.
I set out from the hotel, but it's a long drive (1hr) to cover the 18 miles
as the crow flies distance to the confluence. AutoRoute puts it near the
village of Embsay in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. I'm hopeful that
access will be OK.
I drive through the village of Embsay and find a public car park at the
local sailing club. There is a path heading off in the right direction - this is
going to be easy. The compass shows that the confluence is directly up
Embsay Crag, a 200-300 metre climb over rough ground - and it's hot.
Finally after negotiating a bog I reach the top, the going is much easier
now I'm on a slowly dipping plateau and the confidence returns. It's starting
to get late and the sun is dipping below the rise to the west as I zero in on
the target. Blast, it looks like it's in the middle of another peat bog.
Sure enough, I find ground zero with my ankles slowly sinking into the
murky water (you can see the bog on the picture of the view south), next
time I'll remember to bring some boots! I take some pictures then head back
towards the crag where I find a couple of climbers. They direct me to an
"easy" path down to the reservoir, I wish I'd found it on the way up.