Previous Trips

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.

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!

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