Can it ever be too hot? Well standing at the top of Fremington Edge overlooking the slate roofs of Reeth below us in 28° might have made us think so but this group thanked their lucky stars for a week of weather yet to be surpassed this year. From the moment they arrived at the lodge, the sun shone from a cloudless sky and Yorkshire showed itself at it’s very best.
It was a pleasure to have such a sociable group staying who instantly got on and filled the dining room with laughter, banter and some entertaining games and puzzles. The Yorkshire quiz led to a clear win from the smallest team including Mike born and bred in these northern parts! What he didn’t know about the county wasn’t worth knowing!
A Wonderful Warm Wensleydale Wander!
Amongst the group were two inspirational gentlemen, both long standing members of one for the oldest walking clubs in the UK based in Chester. Mark had not returned to walk in the Dales for 60 years and yet remembered it as if it were yesterday. His memory was enviable and they were invaluable to the week’s success. Their sharp wit, good humour and spirit made them instantly popular and respected.
With such clear skies, it was imperative that we got up high so on day one climbed straight up the side of Burton Moor towering above the traditional village of West Burton on Walden. Thw views were simply breathtaking across to Wensleydale, Bishopdale and Walden including Addleborough and Castle Bolton. We visited the historic Knight’s Templar Preceptory dating back to 1120 and then descended to stroll along the River Ure at Aysgarth Falls before returning to West Burton and the Fox and Hounds.
It was going to be difficult to beat this day but a more remote setting at Gunnerside Gill amongst the ruins of the lead mining industry and a steep scree climb seemed equally as popular. Crossing over Surrender Bridge took us to spectacular views into Swaledale which we then saw the following day briefly after a “yomp” along the Arkle Beck and over the open moors below Calver Hill at 470m. Each day was different, hot, beautiful and in a different Dale with varied views and terrain.
All to soon though, it was time to raise a glass to a wonderful group and a wonderful week. This further fuelled the plans for a Yorkshire 3 Peaks over 3 days walking break which is set to go ahead next year.
Penny & Henry
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