Previous Trips


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.

Wensleydale; Penhill Walk

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-07-29

It was a perfect walking day – breezy with blue skies . Because of the revised parking arrangements, thirteen stragglers assembled on the Melmerby road in West Witton .  We settled into formation & tramped via  the public footpath through the wood and along the contours of Penhill  up to the Penhill Beacon. According to a passing local this has been the site of a beacon since the Armada and was lit to celebrate the beginning of the Millenium.

Buttermere Weekend In June

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-06-26

Starting at Stair in the Newlands Valley, the first days walk for the party of nine was over Causey Pike, Sail, Grag Hill, Whiteless Pike, Whiteless Breast and down to Buttermere and the YHA Hostel. The weather was great, with magnificent views, firstly from Causey Pike of Skiddaw, Blencathra, Keswick and Derwentwater, then, in decent from Grag Hill and Whiteless Pike, over Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere and surrounding fells.

Wensley Bridge to Aysgarth Falls & Return

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-06-24

Standing in for Ken J, I led ten walkers on a quickly contrived route from Wensley Bridge to Aysgarth. The weather remained fine all along the route, which followed the south side of the River Ure, the 11am break being taken in very pleasant surroundings as can be seen. On reaching the stepping stones across the Ure, Ann took a shorter route, having to be back to the start by 3:30, whilst the rest of us continued to Aysgarth Falls and lunch.

Castle Bolton Round

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-06-17

The walk I planned was to start at Castle Bolton car park, walk about three miles west to Peatmoor Lane, walk up this a mile or so, passing the Greenhaw Hut, then three miles east along the ridge top and finally a mile south back to Castle Bolton.  Thursday arrived with a forecast of full sun all day and the promise of high temperatures so all eight participants arrived in shorts and sun hats.  Even yours truly deigned to expose the lower part of his legs, fortunately all had sun glasses to protect themselves from the resulting glare.

Walk From Boltby

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-06-13

I suspected that the weather prospects, together with post marathon fatigue, may put people off walking, but was quite surprised to meet Linda & Bob, Adrian and Jon, the weather looked quite awful as I drove out to Boltby, and was surprised to see that anyone had turned out at all. But, lo and behold, as we sent out across the fields toward Tang Hall, (with it’s nearby moated enclosure), the weather gradually started to improve, so much so that by the time we had reached Southwoods Hall it was an entirely different day.

Glasgow; West Highland Way 2010

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-05-19

Ten SOC members gathered in Milngavie railway station car park for the start of a wonderful walk from the outskirts of Glasgow in Lowland Scotland to Fort William in the Highlands, the West Highland Way.


Schiehallion; Alan Scott Completes The Munros

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-05-02

Congratulations to Alan Scott on his completion of the 284 Munros by the ascent of Schiehallion on 2nd May accompanied by a huge assembly of 28 walkers, amongst whom were five other Munroists (i.e. those that have completed all 284) and three SOC members, John Deighton, Trevor Thurlow and I. The momentous occasion was celebrated on the summit by his arrival under an arch of trekking poles, a congratulatory banner at summit cairn, the popping of many bottles of ‘bubbly’ (no ice buckets necessary), and later at an excellent dinner at the Moulin Inn, Pitlochry, hosted by Alan.