SOC Club Camp July 2016
The club camp at Usha Gap, Muker attracted a good cross section of SOC members with families well represented. Steve and Carol found an excellent B&B nearby and a number of people came and went over the weekend in order to take part in activities. Anna who had organised the weekend put up the club shelter in the middle of a large field which we had almost to ourselves. The facilities at the campsite were excellent and the views inspiring. Two walks, a cycle ride and a caving trip were on offer on Saturday morning. A mixture of sunshine and showers followed the cyclists on their tour of the dales which took in Buttertubs, Fleet Moss, Langstrothdale and Grinton Moor. Between the showers we enjoyed wonderful views, two excellent cafes at Hadraw and Buckden and a much appreciated refreshment stop at The Punch Bowl to seek shelter from the storm.
Saturday evening was distinctly cool so we huddled under the shelter around the barbeques for warmth. Many thanks to Mark for coming especially to supply a large barbeque cooker. At least it didn't rain!
Sunday dawned sunny and warm, a lovely morning for taking breakfast in the open air. A large group set off to walk in Upper Swaledale while four cyclists headed west to Kirby Stephen for their cafe stop. The return trip via Tan Hill and Keld was temporarily punctuated by the sound of motorbikes and highly tuned cars, but peace returned as we approached Muker. However the SOC walkers were filling the cafe there so the cyclists continued to Fremington Bike Centre for their refreshment. As there was a favourable wind blowing from the west and the sun continued to shine, they continued on to Richmond.
Many thanks Anna for arranging the weekend at a lovely campsite and to walk and ride leaders plus the Brooks family for leading the caving trip. Finally thanks to all the people who came to take part in the weekend and made it such a success.