Muker & Oxnop Gill 17 June 2021

Posted by Steve Charlton on 2021-06-28

Muker & Oxnop Gill  17 June 2021

On occasion, everything comes together to create a perfect walking day.  This was one of those days.

11 of us met at the car park at Muker on a beautiful summer’s day.  The forecast in the run up to the day included thunder, lightning, drizzle, rain – you name it.  In the event, it was sunny and warm, perfect for an easy ramble in upper Swaledale.  We gained height south of the valley and eventually joined the road above Crow Trees.  A short section of walking on the road to Askrigg enabled us to gain some height easily and we had a coffee stop with views across to Oxnop Gill.  It was here that the vista of meadow fields spread out before us, a profusion of colour from buttercups, clover and “other stuff” (technical term from Steve).  It was truly remarkable.  As we continued in a wooded section above Oxnop Gill, we were greeted with the lovely sight of late bluebells, still in flower after the late spring and shaded conditions.

We joined the farm road and descended to Satron and walked through more meadows before lunch at Ivelet Bridge.  We returned along the banks of the Swale to Rampsholme Bridge, which we crossed and returned to Muker.

Thanks to all who joined us on this memorable walk, and thanks to Wendy for the photos which give a flavour of the day.

Steve & Carol Charlton

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