I started the walk at the Cavendish Pavilion car park, Bolton Abbey Estate (£6 for the day). I crossed the bridge over the river Wharfe and followed the signs for 'The Valley of Desolation'. After leaving the Wharfe and a slight ascent up a country lane, a gate leads you into a pasture with immediate eye catching surroundings.
The clear marked track takes you to The Valley of Desolation, an area of land that was once destroyed by a violent storm.
Just beyond this area is Posforth Gill Waterfalls. If you leave the main footpath down a narrow track just beyond a seated viewing area, you can get a much better view of the falls.
After following the footpath along Posforth Gill, you are greeted by a lovely sheltered woodland area. Along the woodland floor are the biggest pine cones I have ever seen!
Take time to appreciate the views behind you before proceeding on up the well marked track.
It was quite misty on New Year's Eve across the valley below, but still worth admiring from high above in the hills!
The descent down to Howgill is steep, but again, the dramatic scenery of Wharfedale is spectacular.
The walk ends where it began at the Cavendish Pavilion further downstream.