Previous Trips

Coverdale: A “Dairy Days” Walk

Posted by Graham Rogers on 2019-12-03

Sunday 24 November

This is not our walk. This is Bruce Stainby’s walk. Today Bruce is somewhere in the south Atlantic on his way to Antarctica and we stepped in to lead the walk. Starting from Carlton it is an eight and a half mile loop and it will constitute one of a number of walks that will form part of the current National Parks Project tracing the Wensleydale dairying heritage. It is a sequel to the very successful Swaledale Barns Project. And, equally, Coverdale is a place that is rich in social and landscape history.

Brompton-on-Swale …. At the second attempt 27 October 2019

Posted by Pat Kassell on 2019-11-04

Brompton-on-Swale …. At the second attempt

When the forecast promised a dry day on Sunday 27 October we decided to have another attempt at our walk from Brompton-on-Swale that we had cancelled earlier in the month.  This time it was not only dry but sunny and we were joined by Brian and new member Linda who some of you may know from the Walking for Health group.

Askrigg Round  4 July 2019

Posted by Graham Rogers on 2019-07-10

Askrigg Round 

4 July 2019

Great Shunner Fell and the Swaledale Overlook. 30 June 2019

Posted by Jane McLennan on 2019-07-01

Great Shunner Fell and the Swaledale Overlook – Sunday 30th June 2019

Reeth Figure of Eight 27 June 2019

Posted by Geraint Howell on 2019-06-30

Reeth Figure of 8

On a beautiful and warm summer’s day on 27th June, a group of 20 [18 members + 2 guests] set out from a Reeth that was positively heaving with walkers and some cyclists. Fortunately, the groups dispersed in different directions, so that we didn’t have to share our route – though we did have to increase our pace over the last half-mile or so in the afternoon, in order to beat an even larger group we had spotted returning to the town into the pub.


Posted by Frank Broughton on 2019-06-25


Eight of us started from our meeting point outside Leyburn Police Station then followed the well-trodden path along Leyburn Shawl. The forecast for the day was dry but cloudy, in fact we had hazy sunshine for most of the morning and enjoyed stunning views of Pen Hill and Wensleydale as well as a splendid summer display of bright-yellow rock rose (helianthemum) on the limestone scars of the Shawl.

Barns in the Landscape 25 May 2019

Posted by Graham Rogers on 2019-06-13

Barns in the Landscape 25 May 2019

The magnificent landscape of Swaledale is a composite picture comprising many features; but there are two which make it what it is – the walled field enclosures and the iconic field barn.

This walk originates from Bruce Stainby’s involvement with the National Park’s Project “Every Barn Tells a Story”. It figured in last year’s Richmond Festival programme and seemed worth a return visit as a SOC walk.

  SLAPEWATH 19 May 2019

Posted by Bruce Stainsby on 2019-06-05


What a superb day’s walking from Slapewath, Guisborough that most people missed.

Dave Styan led an excellent 11 mile route that was full of interest and varied scenery but there were only two takers, Jill Wiseman and myself.

Geoff's Day 11 April 2019

Posted by Graham Rogers on 2019-04-11

Geoff's Day 11 April 2019

Beautiful Swaledale - a place Geoff loved and knew so well.

Smardale 4 April 2019

Posted by Graham Rogers on 2019-04-08

Smardale 4 April 2019

I don’t like the name “Smardale”; it seems to me to be too harsh in describing what is a beautiful dale. This walk of c.9.5 miles starts in Ravenstonedale, takes in the nature reserve that extends up the dale and then cuts back down Smardale Gill to return to the start point. (see map below).