Friday, April 04, 2008

Buckden, Starbotton, Dales Way - Upper Wharfedale walk




April Fool's Day and a walk in Upper Wharfedale. The weather is certainly having a laugh at the moment. This time last year we were basking in unseasonably warm spring sunshine; 1st April 2008 I got blown off my feet by 50mph winds on the flanks of Buckden Pike. And there's snow on the way this weekend. But to be honest, I often prefer walking in adverse weather conditions rather than dry, sunny days as the weather provides a challenge. In fact, it was quite exhilerating walking across the flanks of Buckden Pike being buffeted by gale force winds and horizontal freezing rain. My new Berghaus 4-seasons Trek pro-shell coat withstood the elements and kept out the wind and rain. I sheltered from the wind behind a drystone wall. This wall was probably 200 years old and was perfectly intact, so skilfully built that no wind could get through it. The perfect spot for a flask and mars bar.

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