Previous Trips

Bluebells at Aske 26 April 2020

Posted by Pat Kassell on 2020-04-26

Bluebells at Aske

I looked at the SOC walk programme for today and realised that a walk from Gunnerside was out of the question so I headed out from my front door on a short (5 mile) walk.

I headed up the streets of Richmond to Bend Hagg where all was quiet on the golf course with no danger of flying golf balls.  The route around the fields towards Aske took me past a wonderful show of bluebells in Low Wood.  These have flowered this week as there was no sign of them when I walked this way last Sunday!  The sun was shining on the lake at Aske Hall. 

Life in a Bubble 7 April 2020

Posted by Graham Rogers on 2020-04-08

Then there were two of us....

A walk in sunny Teesdale 19 March 2020

Posted by Graham Moss on 2020-03-23

There were 13 lucky souls out to enjoy the sunshine in Upper Teesdale.  Starting from Middleton in Teesdale, a climb up to Middleside where we wondered at the exposure of the Whinsill outcrops above Holwick and the views to upper Teesdale, with Crossfell and the Dufton radar dome highlighted with streaks of winter snow.  Descending into Newbiggin to note the old chapel and its conversion to a home we had a pleasant break before the steep climb in to Red Groove.

Latest from Trevor on Zhuhai

Posted by Pat Kassell on 2020-03-17

I have just received this brief email from Trevor -

Race postponed for 10 months.  Need to be out of the Philippines by Thursday night.  Depending whether l need to go into UK quarantine l should be back on the hill with SOC reasonably soon.


The Crackpots Mosaic Trail in Dallowgill 12 March 2020

Posted by Geoff Wall on 2020-03-13

12 March 2020 – The Crackpots Mosaic Trail in Dallowgill

We were a party of 12 on this walk in and around Dallowgill – just to the west of Kirkby Malzeard.

Sanya Tropical Paradise - update from Trevor

Posted by Trevor Thurlow on 2020-02-18

Sanya Tropical Paradise - Leg 5 Clipper Round The World

Middleham and the River Cover

Posted by Kate Mountford on 2020-02-15

Middleham Thursday 13 February

We never expected 9 people to turn up on a day forecast by the BBC to be 3˚C and sleeting off and on, but walkers are a strange breed, including Stuart, who came all the way from Sunderland!  We enjoyed a fine walk with blue sky at a number of points, no precipitation at all and fine views of snow dappled hills.

Along the River Tees from Barnard Castle

Posted by Pat Kassell on 2020-02-10

Along the River Tees from Barnard Castle

Here we are on the “silver bridge” in Barnard Castle at the start of a seven and a half mile walk last Thursday, 30 January.  The weather was kind and the walking varied as we followed the river before crossing grazing land to reach Cotherstone.  Lunch at an idyllic picnic spot once we had crossed the water.   Our path then climbed gently and we were able to enjoy some splendid views of the lovely River Tees.  For the final mile or so we took a steep descent and then followed the water’s edge passing through glorious woodland.


Coalsgarth 6 February 2020

Posted by Graham Rogers on 2020-02-10


Coalsgarth featured in Ann Luxmoore's Richmond Round walk on 6 February. This photograph captures several things. It was an unusually good day considering the winter we have had and it was a splendid walk. It is also a reminder that nearby Coalsgarth is comparable in its setting and visual delights as almost anything in the Dales. Love the place!



Easby, Skeeby and Aske

Posted by Pat Kassell on 2020-02-06

Easby, Skeeby and Aske


Eight hardy members (Ann L, Brian, Caroline, Frank, Gwyneth and Richard) braved a cloudy, drizzly morning to meet in the Market Place for a later than usual 11.00 am start for a stroll around the environs of Richmond ahead of the SOC AGM scheduled for later that afternoon.