The Geoff Harker Memorial Walk 6 April 2017

Posted by Graham Rogers on 2017-04-08

The Geoff Harker Memorial Walk 6 April 2017

35 club members turned out on a chilly, blustery morning at Surrender Bridge in memory of Geoff who died last year and whose last club walk took place from here. It was an impressive turn out and it was good to meet a number of friends whom I personally hadn’t seem for some time. Brother Brian was with us of course as was Geoff’s son. Despite its sad undertones it was in other ways a splendid day out in Geoff’s beloved Swaledale garlanded in the soft tones and shades of Spring. The route was a familiar one. Dropping down from Surrender Bridge we cut back upwards across Feetham Pasture to join the track that lead up through Hard Level Gill and down to Level Bridge. The return leg took in Mill Gill and the fascinating Old Gang Smelting Mill before arrival back at Surrender Bridge. A very pleasant eight-miler with a lot of chat and good humour.

To complete our day and through Geoff’s generosity we were then all able to enjoy a very good buffet provided at Low Row Institute. It is the first time in my life that I have parked below The Punch Bowl in Low Row and never crossed the threshold!

Geoff was with us in more than spirit. During the course of the walk Brian remarked to Trevor “I thought Geoff would like to go out on the walk - so I have his boots, jeans and jacket on”. Nothing more need be said except to thank Trevor for the organisational arrangements.

Cheers Geoff!

Graham

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