07-Jan-2004 -- My friends Nathan, Sarah, Fred and Kelly from Australia had come to visit and they asked me for a little tour/adventure, so I thought that 54N 2W would be just the ticket! Dawn, my partner, myself and the "Aussies" set off from the city of Leicester in the midlands at 09:30 and arrived at 'Embsay ' at 12:15.
There was a little confusion when we parked the car at the 'Embsay Moor' car park in the village only to find no Reservoir. We eventually found the correct car park and we were soon all ready to set off on foot.
The GPS indicated that the Confluence Point was 1.1Km north, directly behind the Reservoir and beyond, up in the moorland hills. Now, the last visitor stated that he went around the water in a 'clockwise' direction which to me also seemed the best way as the gradient wasn't so steep and there appeared to be a track through bracken leading most of the way…….For some reason we decided to go 'anti-clockwise'! This turned out to be fine apart from walking on the wrong side of a 'dry stone' wall and having to climb over it.
After the initial steep but fairly short climb into the hills the GPS pointer indicated that we had to go down the steep bank of a gorge in the hillside in the bottom of which was a stream and then back up the other side. If we had gone the other way around the Reservoir we would have avoided this. However, this also turned out not to be a problem as we just followed the stream up the hillside where the banks were smaller and more importantly the stream narrower and crossed there.
We were now only 600 meters away with the worst of the climb behind us but the ground was getting wetter. The Confluence Point is actually in the 'Wayshaw Bogs' and I think that in the month of January, bogs are probably at their Boggyiest! To get to the spot meant "island hopping" from one tuft of reed grass to another! By the time we got there we all had soaking wet feet and Fred even had his shoe sucked off of his foot!
Trying to get the all important 6 meter accurate GPS photo also proved to be a mini epic as the last digits of the reading kept flickering forcing me to trudge about in the boot-sucking quagmire but eventually we got it!
We took the easy way back to the car via the bracken track. A great time was had by everyone and we all had a well deserved beer in the 'Tan Hill Inn' (the highest pub in Britain).We left the Confluence Point marker there for the next visitor…….it may be a good idea to take Fishermans Waders with you!!