It’s not raining this second (Skipton) and it’s actually quite bright, but we’ve had a few hefty downpours today so it will certainly be very much on the damp side, and chances are we’ll get a few more showers this evening.
If you’re thinking of doing it as part of the Skipton-Rylstone-Barden Moor-Bolton Abbey-Addingham-Skipton, then you should be ok, I’ve always found that whole route to be reasonably ok thru winter. If you want to include the Flasby section, then that bit might be a bit grim at the mo (heavy downpours today as MH says). There is a short fig of 8 that someone put up in a previous thread taking in Embsay Crag, if you want just a short couple of hours.
The cheeky section on that fig 8 route (it was mine) isn’t all that much fun after rain and there’s been plenty this last week. The rest should be fairly good though the easier way off Embsay crag, rather than the direct route can get pretty muddy.
Yep – Sharp Haw/Flasby BW will be minging at the moment. It’s minging at the best of times. Note: there is a field full of lambing ewes on the cheeky alternative, and the farmer will be less than impressed if he catches you winging it down through them.