Previous Trips

Across the Barf

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-01-06

After parking near the Punch Bowl at Feetham 13 of us followed the bridleway up to Smarber, where a farm has stood since Viking times. Onward we walked, through Rowleth Wood (where the bushes badly need cutting back) and a number of snow covered fields before dropping down to Gunnerside via the little lane (so beloved by Swaledale Marathon participants). We walked up Gunnerside Gill, passing remnants of the the former lead mining industry and stopping to examine ruined ore storage, crushing and screening remains.

Richmond Walk

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-12-05

Six hardy souls braved the weather to gather at Richmond Market Place for a ten mile walk exploring some of the less travelled paths in the local area. Billed in the programme as “easy”it proved to be a bit tougher than that in conditions which in places included knee deep snow. Len had brought along three sets of instep crampons which certainly proved useful for those who wore them. The rest of us relied on our big feet and big boots to stay upright as we half-walked, half slid out of Richmond en route for Easby.

Semer Water from Bainbridge

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-11-18

A hardy group of 10 gathered at Bainbridge on a damp misty morning.  We set off up the old Roman road known as Cam High Road at a good pace and stopped for a coffee break before turning off left, up towards Marsett.  The ‘sett’ ending of Marsett and nearby Countersett is an old Norse word meaning ‘hill pasture’ and both hamlets remain classic examples of traditional Dales farming communities. Slightly further on, we stopped for our lunch break and some good ‘banter’. The path followed a fairly level course through a chain of stiles with Semer Water coming into view.

Kettlewell, birds of prey and back to Kettlewell

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-11-17

It was an earlier start than usual, 9.30 a.m. for the walk from Kettlewell, over Great Whernside, down to Starbotton, up and over to Littondale and then up and over again back to Kettlewell. I was so concerned about the early start that Len, Graham and I had time for a second breakfast in the little cafe by the car park as we had arrived by 8.50 a.m. The sun was shining and everything looked set for a great day. We were joined by Ian, Mark and Bruce, and of course Jess, at 9.30 a.m.

CMC Hut Weekend

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-10-30

We could, despite the offer made to other sections, only manage to fill ten of the twelve places booked at this splendid hut, in such a prime location as Patterdale at the southern end of Ullswater, and at such a beautiful time of year. Having travelled across early Friday morning, Graham, Mark and I got established at the Agnes Spencer Memorial Hut before setting out on our first walk of the weekend.

Manaslu Nepal

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-10-20

I am lucky in that I have been to Nepal many times. I worked in the east for four years forty years ago and have been back at intervals since.  Many things have altered but the wonderful people and landscape remain unchanged.  Nepal is the 6th poorest country in the world and forty years ago the population was 11 million, today it is 26 million.  It has an unstable political situation and therefore remains a very poor country.  On this trip I joined a group of 11, 2 of whom I worked with when I first went to the country in 1969.


Great Shunner Fell

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-10-07

It`s great when the weather is good, to be out striding the high moors of Yorkshire, the sense of space and openness, combined with the physical exercise gives a sense of wellbeing that cannot be matched. I always think the best weather is to be out when a high pressure is over Ireland and to the west, that way the anti-cyclonic winds bring a northerly airstream of polar winds, so pure and clean you know your lungs are just going to be filled with magic!



Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-29

Three walkers turned out for the above programmed event, Rosie, Mike and the writer, who was standing in as walk leader for the day. Calling in at Elterwater to pick up any participants that may have been waiting there, we then drove to Stickle Ghyll car park and commenced our walk, heading up the ghyll before taking eleven's at Stickle Tarn. Rather than fording the ghyll a second time, we took a slightly longer clockwise route around the tarn to the bottom of our Grade 1 scramble- Jack's Rake.

Derwentwater and Walla Crag

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-26

11 members met at the Lakeside car park in fine, sunny conditions. We set off for Friars Crag and took the lakeside path past Calfclose Bay and had a coffee stop at the Ashness landing stage. We took the road up to Ashness Bridge where some of our party decided to add to the 5 billion photographs of this famous landmark. Our route took us away from the bridge, climbing steadily towards the summit of Walla Crag, with outstanding views all the way.


Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-22

Five of us set out on the walk unsure initially whether the dark rain clouds to the west were going to replace the beautiful sunny morning. The first mile was a steady climb up to and along Yew Cogar Scar. It was, here in the Spring, we had seen many wild orchids. From here the route was an easy undulating walk running roughly parallel with the deep gill formed by Cowside Beck. We eventually reached Malham Tarn and skirted it on the east side to join the Pennine Way which we followed south through a limestone gorge towards the limestone pavement above Malham Cove.