Pinhaw Beacon, near Skipton

Updated December 2023

Location: Off road parking by the cattle grid on Carleton Moor

What3words: Starting point at kissing gate – ///equity.decency.continued

Distance: less than 2km

Pinhaw Beacon located on the tops of Carleton Moor above Elslack is a pretty easy trig point to bag. The views are unreal.

Parking is in the makeshift car park / large lay-by just before the second cattle grid (coming from Carleton). The walk starts on the opposite side of the road through the kissing gate. It follows the Pennine Way all the way up to the trig point. The first section is a stony track which then changes when it veers round to the left into more of a path.

The terrain is good so this can be done in any weather. It is quite exposed on the tops so make sure you wrap up warm if you are brave enough to get the snacks out at the top.

At the top you will find the trig point (yay!) plus the addition in 2021 of the memorial dedicated to all the NHS workers that got us through the Covid pandemic. A touching tribute.

I recommend going up at sunset for a really special walk. The sun sets right over Pendle Hill in the distance. The views really are amazing with 360 degree sight.

The climb up to Pinhaw Beacon is only 50m in altitude so this is a really good starter hill climb walk for little legs. As the path is mainly a track they can easily navigate their own way up. The rest of the area is open moorland so the paths are obvious.

You can turn this walk into a longer one by starting in Elslack or by including Elslack Reservoir and Standrise Plantation.

pennine way
Following the Pennine Way up
sunset from carleton moor
September sunset
Trig point and memorial plus a little cairn
The kissing gate on the roadside marking the start

Have you bagged any of the other local trig points; Sharphaw, Beamsley Beacon, Crookrise Crag.

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