Previous Trips

Helmsley; A Wintery Walk

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-02-21

A little flurry of the white stuff as we drove to Helmsley quickly developed into a serious snowfall. Nine of us made it to the agreed meeting place and after a slight re-arrangement to the parking plans we put on the final layers of our winter gear and set off down the A170 towards Scarborough. It was already proving difficult to tell the main road from the pavement!!

Patterdale; Fairfield Horseshoe

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-01-03

According to the weather forecast, things weren’t going to be easy, and they were dead right!  Trevor had warned me that the A66 was being reported “closed” but Keith P, who was doing the driving, took an optimistic view that was until we reached Scotch Corner. It was closed.

Little Town; Newlands Round (Reduced)

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-12-01

In the usual four stage classification of walks (1. Easy, 2. Moderate, 3 Hard, 4 Wish I’d Stayed In Bed) this was definitely a Category 4, due, I hasten to add, to circumstances beyond the leader’s control (i.e. the weather). At least the Met. Office gave fair warning: to such good effect that only one hardy soul decided to accompany me for a thorough drenching in the Lake District in preference to a lie-in.

Middleham: Caldbergh & The River Cover

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-10-22

A drizzly misty morning greeted us but undaunted, a happy band of 11 set off on our walk.  We set off up the Market Place past Middleham Castle. This dates from 1170 and was once the home of King Richard III. We then continued onward towards the open moor where the racehorses train.  Middleham has been a home to racehorses since the 18th century and the horses regularly work the gallops across the moor.

Bedburn: Autumn Colours and Wide Vistas

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-10-18

Nine hardy souls arrived at our meeting point whose whereabouts had proved a mystery to some prior to the walk.  However this tiny village just east of Hamsterley Forest meant a convenient starting point whilst avoiding the tolls and parking charges of the forest park itself.  So a short picturesque walk alongside Bedburn Beck soon took us into Hamsterley Forest itself where many mountain bikers were milling about preparedly to try out the forests numerous trails.

Kirkstone Pass: Circular Walk

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-09-27

Sunday 27th September saw three intrepid walkers set off from Richmond, Len, Mike and myself for a programmed “moderate” walk on High Street. We met Gina at Kirkstone Pass and so started a walk which Mike didn’t think was moderate and it didn’t include High Street. So much for a programme! What did follow was a very pleasant walk enjoyed by all parties, and with mist on the upper fells probably made the best of cloudy day!

Rosedale: September Walk

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-09-10

It’s not very often you hear a Yorkshire man break into hyperbole – most  especially not Jeff nor his brother Brian, but both declared that Thursday to be “ a perfect day “ I think it was the weather . It was warm, with an unaccustomed bright, blue sky with the heather just turning off purple & the cereal crops still golden. Made you glad to be in Yorkshire or thereabouts.

Seathwaite: Base Brown and Green Gable

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-08-30

It was a poor day weather-wise.  The forecast promised hill fog with rain coming in after midday; unlike the weekend before this, when Alan, Sarah and I had recced this route.  The weather then was sunny, with good visibility, and we have some superb photos to prove it!
Today, Len and Ray, two of our older SOC members, met me at Seathwaite.  Near the top of Sour Milk Gill we put on waterproof jackets, as the fine Lakeland drizzle started and the mist dropped.  We took a little-used path up Hanging Stone, an interesting and more direct route to the summit of Base Brown.

Aysgarth: Ten Miles Around Aysgarth

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-08-23

Our leader James with back marker wife, Barbara, summoned all eighteen of us (not forgetting “Jess” the dog).  An initial name introduction followed.  From the car park we set a brisk pace down to the river bridge and mill, up the steps and into the church graveyard.  We followed the River Ure downstream, a river which was noted as being in full flow.  A field ahead of us was thought of as an unusual but not uncommon in this limestone landscape valley.  A profusion of glacial drumlin hills, form by water under ice sheets had to be seen to be believed.

Cod Beck

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-08-20

Our luck with the weather had run out! It was an unpredictable day, with rain forecast. We were joined by no other children, which was a shame, but Len and Joan, and two teachers (Lesley) new to SOC walks were entertained by T the whole way round. Simon and I try to stay out of her imaginary world sometimes, to have a rest but these lovely companions just relished in it and encouraged her. So we were soon all characters of Harry Potter and following the trail of unicorn blood (aka bird feathers) through the wet muddy woods. Her magic stick guided us the best route round some muddy areas.