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A winter scene in the Dales. Looking towards Ingleborough from Sulber Nick. Climbs of Ingleborough start from Horton or Ribblehead. We run these walks throughout the year.

Wharton Hall in the valley visited on walks from Kirkby Stephen. A favourite venue for many easier walks.

 

 

 

Weekends & Holidays 2012

 

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Weardale (North Pennines)

- 12 to 15 October 2012

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Photos above by Pat W

Please click here to view additional photos by Penny S (external weblink)


 

 

Grinton Lodge Youth Hostel , Swaledale (North Yorkshire)

- 7 to 9 September 2012

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Photos above by Pat W

Please click here to view additional photos by Penny S (external weblink)


 

Loch Tummel, Pitlochry (Scotland) - 15 to 21 June 2012

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Photos above by Pat W

Please click here to view additional photos by Penny S (external weblink)

Off to the land of water, woods and mountains and the well-honed organisation of the Loch Tummel hotel with its well-trained staff and wonderful views. Lulled into a false sense of easiness we all started walking from nearby Pitlochry. Some trod the sylvan paths trying to keep on the right side of the river. Others watched some bungee jumping with alarm and scurried on to Soldiers' Leap, which looked even more painful. Some went on to try and conquer Ben Vrackie but ran out of time and others came to it via Meall na Moine. The rest made for the teashops of Pitlochry.

Next day reality struck and the Munros began to fall like ninepins. The debate was whether to do 3 or 4. The result was a 5/5 split. The debate for others was whether they would get there at all. An exhilarating ride over the moors brought us to the land of the Caterans, cattle thieves of a dastardly nature and not to be trifled with. However, they left some useful drove roads, as did General Wade, which we cheerfully trod, some of us visiting Queen Victoria's tea hut on the way where she had paused to write up her diary and have a brew with John Brown before fighting off the midges and continuing on her way.

Even on the "day off" some people could not resist the lure of the mountains. While most of us rode up the Valley of Peace to enjoy Crathie church and the broad acres of Balmoral with a peep at some of the Queen's frocks thrown in, others were busy conquering Schiehallion thanks to silver (should that be Sylvian?)tongue and a kind receptionist. A small group went up Ben Vrackie. One member said it felt like a Munro (so does that count?) but they managed to time their descent just right for the coach to pick them up in Pitlochry. How miraculous is that?

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Tuesday brought a visit to the Cairngorms and several route variations. The funicular railway took some people to the top to view the spectacular panorama and back to the bottom where another optional walk was offered. Others strode out to conquer Cairngorm via a circular route involving the crossing of mighty snowfields, while others took in Cairngorm and Ben Macdui adding to the sum total of Munros climbed. Rumour has it that a version of "Strip the Willow" was danced at the top but you can't believe everything you're told, can you? One of our members contributed another dimension to our experiences by introducing us to the excellent medical services at Aviemore. We hope her knee continues to improve under the Yorkshire system of medical care.

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The last day brought that rare miracle, sunshine! Off to Blair Castle, the erstwhile home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, who had great difficulty in securing heirs and finally had to go to South Africa to find one. 'A' party took a taxi to seek more Munros, conquered two and slid successfully down the hillside to rejoin us. Others contented themselves with some brief research into the local retail opportunities and a beautiful waterfall walk before enjoying the fascinating collections housed in the castle. Others strolled up Glen Tilt, avoiding the low flying jets and the possibility of being caught in some crossfire, some coming back down to visit the castle and others exploring a bit further up the valley until they came to a bridge and could get back down again.

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Of course it was not all walking boots and anoraks. The evenings brought entertainment and the chance to fling our aching legs and arms about on the dance floor. Heavy competition for the right version of the now-famous "Slosh" led to some confusion but "Strip the Willow" won outright in the confusion stakes with women being men and changing back to women half way through. Better entertainment than most soaps!

Many thanks to all the leaders and helpers who made the holiday possible and especially to John for masterminding the whole operation.

Report by Diane E


 

Patterdale, Ullswater (Lake District) - 23 to 25 March 2012

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Photos above by Pat W

Please click here to view additional photos by Penny S (external weblink)

We intended to go north but instead went west to the picturesque setting of Patterdale where we were greeted by continuous sunshine. Winter clothes, carefully packed 'just in case' were quickly abandoned and portions of delicate white limbs began to sprout from shorts and sleeveless shirts.
Up to the hills then! Some favoured an undulating yomp which apparently touched sea level more than once but rose again to conquer the clouds and test the stamina. Others preferred various methods of public transport to give them a kick start before roaming in the hills or tasting the delights of Howtown and Pooley Bridge. Whichever path was chosen the amazing views of the lake, slightly hazed and perfectly still, with what looked like toy boats floating gently on its surface presented an idyllic picture.
The next day brought more gasps of amazement. It was even hotter! More undulations and unmarked paths were trodden by some although apparently sea level was not going to be attempted - just the clouds this time. Others preferred a gradual ascent to the dizzy heights of 739m and an equally gradual descent back to Patterdale while some tasted the delights of Brotherswater and its pleasant surroundings.
All in all a wonderfully relaxed weekend. The hotel performed well and we didn't startle too many of the guests quietly drinking their after dinner coffee as we announced our exploits for the following day. Many thanks to all the leaders for their hard work in selecting suitable routes and to John and Moya for re-arranging the weekend at such short notice.

Report by Diane E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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