Previous Trips

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.

Clay Bank: Urra Moor, Cold Moor & the Wainstones (Four Seasons in one day!)

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-07-30

A good turnout of fifteen met at Clay Bank Car Park for Carol & Steve’s walk including two former Chairs of SOC – Dave Thompson (making his debut with the mid-week walkers) and Alison Brooks.

Legburthwaite: Stybarrow Dodd, Watson's Dodd, Great Dodd

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-07-11

Ron and I headed up to Gill Head Farm for our first SOC camp on the Friday afternoon and half-heartedly planned a walk which we didn’t really expect to start as the forecast was for rain.  After a chilly night, Saturday morning was sunny and clear and we soon found that several others were keen to join the walk that I had picked out to make the most of the fells lying reasonably close to the camp site.  A group of 16 of us set off to conquer the Dodds: Stybarrow, Watson’s and Great.  We set off from the car park at Legburthwaite and after a short walk along the road, started our ascent from

Rawcliffe: Family Walk

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-07-04

We tried another family walk, but this time we were loners with just our family of four for company. It was a still, sunny, warm, afternoon (that was our error!) We set off from Rawcliffe village in the NY Moors and headed down towards the NY Moors railway, but to avoid lots of mud, and a herd of cows, we took a longer detour. When we arrived at the railway station, it was glorious, as we saw the steam train heading in, we stopped for ice-cream and re-evaluated our walk.