High Clint Hawes 11 March 2012

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-03-20

 

High Clint Hawes 11 March 2012

Walking can be wonderful at this time of year. Spring can bring out the sun and the flowers; it can also bring out the walkers and a bumper crop assembled in Hawes for the High Clint walk.

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The walk itself commences from the National Park car park and takes a route via Haylands Bridge and follows a clearly defined path to Sedbusk. On leaving Sedbusk a rough track climbs steadily until a signposted way on the left leads into open pasture. Thereafter a gradual ascent follows a grass track and skirts around the ridge that is High Clint. We were lucky on this particular day. A month earlier this location had been knee deep in snow. But on this occasion we had panoramic views to die for as we ambled along the ridge.

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Eventually, we followed a path down to the Buttertubs road and then descended into Shaw Gill Wood as far as Simonstone Hall Hotel. From there it is a short hop down to The Green Dragon at Hardraw. Nobody bothered to fork out a couple of quid to visit the falls. On my last very recent visit I had seen a better fall of water coming out of the tap into the bath. Instead, members of the walking section’s ‘ale appreciation society’ took the opportunity to sample the delights of Buttertubs Bitter a-pint-of-beer-001 on a warm Sunday afternoon.  It took a great deal of resolve to break away from this delectable brew and rejoin the party in Hawes. I am grateful to Ian Dale for keeping me on the straight and narrow!

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A superb ‘all seasons’ walk, full of variety and to be recommended. More to come and blessed, I hope, by a decent summer...

Graham & Glenys Rogers

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