Previous Trips

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.

How Stean Gorge: Family Walk

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-06-21

The first walk we led as a family was to How Stean Gorge near Pateley Bridge. We had decided to try out our new tent at a local site on Saturday evening, but only decided to leave home at 2pm, as it was raining! We need not have worried, it was glorious when we arrived and our first tent erecting went very well, despite another tent being on our allotted pitch! We ended up on a quieter field so we were happy. It was madness though, taking 2 girls who like sleeping in the dark out to camp on a night when it was only dark for 5 hours!