Wensleydale 14 April 2012

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-04-24



A total of ten walkers, including prospective new members Alice and Archie set off from Wensley bridge on a beautiful sunny morning, first following the north bank of the River Ure to reach Bolton Hall then crossing Lord’s Bridge and on upstream along the south bank as far as Hestholme. En route Patrick and Doug decided that the “Crossing Impassable” signs at Slapestone Wath were more of a challenge than a warning and successfully completed a double river crossing of the stones.

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From Hestholme we crossed Edgley Park then on past Sorrelsykes Farm with its collection of weird follies (including what looks like an early design for a moon rocket). The sun had disappeared by the time we ate our sandwiches at West Burton and the sky was threatening but the rain held off as we traversed woodland with a glorious display of spring wildflowers to reach Morpeth Gate. From there we followed the path leading to the Templar’s Chapel where we spent a few minutes examining the ancient stone coffins and agreed that medieval corpses must have been a lot smaller than their modern equivalents!

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Heading for West Witton along Langthwaite Lane we could see some nasty weather on the moors to the north of the dale and eventually we did endure a brief hail shower before the sun came out once more as we descended to the village returning to the banks of the Ure and following the river downstream back to Wensley.

Frank Broughton

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