Previous Trips

Skiddaw House; Walking Weekend

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-04-24

There was a good turnout of eleven members on fine day with a slight breeze for the above venue.
The programme was (with everyone’s approval) to go from Scales, over Blencathra via Sharp Edge and down to stay the night at Skiddaw House Hostel, and the next day over Skiddaw, coming down to Latrigg saddle and then follow the lower route back to Scales.
Unfortunately, two of the party were not well enough to follow that programme, due to injury, so they took the lower route, from Scales via the Blencathra Centre to the hostel, whilst the remaining nine opted for Sharp Edge.

Appersett; Cotterdale

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-04-08

11 members met in the tiny village of Appersett in upper Wensleydale. The weather was kind to us and we enjoyed early spring sunshine for much of the walk. We took advantage of a break by the lovely Cotter Force to enjoy a cup of coffee before proceeding up High Rigg, cutting across open moorland before the summit into the tranquil Cotterdale. The approach views were outstanding. After passing through the village, we walked through fields, gradually gaining height and we enjoyed our lunch in the sun with fine southerly views.

Reeth; Easter Sunday Walk

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-04-04

A group of 16 gathered on Reeth village green on the driest day of the Easter weekend for a leisurely walk in Swaledale.  There was a cool breeze but Spring was definitely in the air.  We set off across the fields above the River Swale, where we saw several newborn lambs, to reach the village of Healaugh.  From there we crossed more fields to join the driveway to Thiernswood Hall and continued along the fields above Barney Beck.  After a pause for coffee we continued along the top edge of the wood where the view towards Surrender smelt mill opened up in front of on the edge of the moor.   I

Haweswater; High Street and Harter Fell

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-29

Len and I met Tricia (Radcliffe), Ian (Dale) + Jess and John (Moxon) at the Haweswater car park on a bright morning with the forecast promising dry weather for most of the day. We traversed the head of the lake then got down (or more literally up) to real business with the steepish ascent of the south ridge of Riggindale. We made steady progress with plenty of stops to enjoy the splendid views of Haweswater and the distant Pennines.

Bolton Abbey; Barden Moor Circular

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-21

The group met at The Strid car park at Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale.  After paying our £6.00 car park money, Trevor, the walk co-ordinator, summoned all nine other members for a briefing of our 13 mile Barden Moor circular walk.

After rain the day before and frost overnight, we experienced a clearing sky and fresh and windy weather when walking up to the second reservoir.  It was an exhilarating experience with a smell of newly burnt heather in our nostrils and the sound of bird species reclaiming their spring habitats.

Reeth; SOC Richmond Day Walk To Richmond

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-13

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!

Middleton in Teesdale

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-11

There was an excellent turnout of 16 for Steve and Carol’s walk on a bright day, including 2 potential new members. We headed up the Middle Side road and climbed steadily for a mile or so with great views of Teesdale. We somehow acquired a dog along the way which seemed keen to stay with us for the rest of the day but Ian Dale’s expertise “encouraged” it to return home.

Patterdale; Fairfield and Helvellyn

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-07

Up to Saturday evening I had only one ‘taker’ for what had been described as ‘Fairfield & Helvellyn ’ and when Sam asked me what I had in mind, replied ‘Helvellyn via Striding Edge, Dollywagon Pike, Grisedale Tarn, Fairfield, Cofa Pike and St Sunday Crag back to Patterdale car park.’ Trevor rang Saturday evening saying he would like to join us, so that made three. The day was perfect, with clear blue skies, not a breath of wind, and near perfect snow conditions underfoot.

Seathwaite; Hut Weekend

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-02-27

Here is a brief précis of the weekend event and walks, followed by reports by individuals who participated.

Seathwaite; What We All Did

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-02-27

The following brief reports are put forward by those who participated in the weekend walks.