Wainman’s Pinnacle, Cowling

Wainman's Pinnacle on Earl Crag near the village of Cowling in North Yorkshire

If you travel any route regularly, you collect landmarks along the way. Most of these landmarks will always remain visual cues; some you may eventually visit. My route to visit family takes me through the village of Cowling—last stop before leaving Yorkshire. Overlooking Cowling, from Earl Crag, is what some people call “the salt and pepper pots”. The pepper pot is Lund’s Tower, and the salt shaker is actually called Wainman’s Pinnacle.

Legend has it that Wainman’s wife insisted that he built a monument to the victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, but no one seems to know if this is true, or even likely. Seems a bit much to me—it’s quite a bit more than ordering for the lounge to be repainted. Anyway, the legend continues that lightning destroyed the monument, and it was rebuilt at the turn of the 20th century in its present form. Whatever the reason for its appearance, you get a very good view of the surrounding landscape, and Earl Crag is worth the visit too.

Lund's Tower from Earl's Crag above Cowling and Sutton in North Yorkshire

I can’t really show one condiment without the other. Lund’s Tower is the Salt and Pepper monument near Cowling which looks like the pepper pot, and is located closer to Sutton-in-Craven. Actually it’s only a five minute walk from Wainman’s Pinnacle, although it looks much further from the bottom of the hill.

Like the pinnacle, its origin is shrouded in mystery, with everyone having a different version of the story. It was allegedly built by a local squire to honour a relative, or Queen Victoria, or maybe even just for a laugh. It looks very much like a folly to me. You can climb the tower, ascending spiral steps until you bang your head at the top. You can then gain a spectacular view of the surrounding valleys and peaks, whilst the stars twinkle and pop around you.

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