Reeth; SOC Richmond Day Walk To Richmond
On a lovely sunny morning 10 of us crammed onto the Little Red Bus in Richmond and picked up Judith and Laura further along Swaledale at Downholme Bridge. Fortunately there were no other passengers on the 9.15am bus as standing is not allowed. Ray contrived to leave his walking poles on the bus but they were still there when Anne Luxmoore successfully retrieved them on our return to Richmond 6 hours later!
After purchasing extra provisions from the baker at Reeth, we set off at 10am towards Fremington Edge, ascending the steep way up Cuckoo Hill so that we could get fit, in Alan’s case for the Swaledale Marathon and for Sid, Ray, Carol, Steve and Barbara in preparation for the West Highland Way. We enjoyed lovely views looking down on Reeth and a well-earned drinks break at the top where some patches of snow still remained.
A brisk pace was maintained on the track to Hurst where we wished we had John Deighton with us to tell us the history of this old Lead Mining area. A road walk took us to Washford where we followed Shaw Beck past more mine workings and smelt mills to Helwith Bridge where the Farm was a test of his off road driving for the Tesco delivery man.
Lunch was taken soon after in a sunny field sheltered from the sharp wind between Helwith Bank and Cold Bank. Refreshed, the party headed for Telfit Farm where we turned left across the Marske Beck to the disused level. We reached Marske via Orgate Farm and the delightful Clints Wood. After admiring the snowdrops at Marske, Judith and Laura( who had a party to go to) headed back to their car. The remaining group fought for places on the seat while more fuel was taken on for the final stretch across the fields to Paddy’s Bridge then up to Applegarth Scar. Here the route was well marked by the many planning notices relating to the downgrading of the bridleway!
Through a muddy Hag Wood we emerged to a fine view of Richmond bathed in sunshine. A definite increase in pace could be felt across Westfields at the thought of tea and cake at the clubhouse. Thanks to those who made the delicious cakes and to Liz for serving us with tea.