The weekend began, as all good weekends do on the Friday evening, as some 25 members drifted into the K Fellfarers hut which nestles under the lofty gaze of Great Gable and her neighbouring peaks. Whilst most arrived by car, masochist Paul Smith made the long journey by bike!
The Yoredale Way is 163km/101 miles long, which takes in the River Ure from the point at which it joins the River Ouse, a few miles north of York, to its source 2000ft above sea level amongst the Pennine fells, between Hawes and Kirkby Stephen. Much of the route is through Wensleydale to Hawes, then towards Garsdale Head and then down Mallerstang Common to Kirkby Stephen.
The SOC did the relay in 1993. In the group photo at the finish in Kirkby Stephen are left to right:
I think this was the third relay we did. We chose long distance footpaths and organised them as one day relay runs. Runners did as many legs as they liked and everyone joined in at the end. The Cleveland way, the Coast to Coast, the Yoredale Way etc. were all tackled like this.
Note Dave Thompsons beard was not fully grey then....