Friday, July 01, 2011

'The Inn Way' walking experience - June 2011

'The Inn Way' walking experience

 A historical journey of exploration in the Yorkshire Dales
23rd & 24th June 2011

In late June, I guided a wonderful group of people along Stages 3 & 4 of 'The Inn Way... to the Yorkshire Dales'

DAY ONE
From the Kings Arms at Askrigg, we climbed up onto Askrigg Moor before dropping down through Oxnop Ghyll to Ivelet Bridge, where we looked at the old coffin stone and talked about the legends associated with this ancient packhorse bridge. The haymeadows were in full bloom as we walked across fields to Gunnerside and lunch at the Kings Head (superb food). The afternoon saw us walk across more meadows, then past a spectacular waterfall along Haverdale Beck before climbing up onto Harkerside, with beautiful retrospective views across Swaledale. The final section of the walk took us alongside the Swale to Grinton, where we stayed at the Bridge Inn - great food and beer! The day's weather was a mixture of sharp showers and sunny spells.

DAY TWO
From Grinton, we climbed up across Grinton Moor, through old lead mines to reach Greets Hill, from where a track took us into hidden Apedale and the shooters' hut at Dent's Houses (complete with visitor's book). The sun was now shining so we did some barefoot walking across the moors. A slight incline took us up onto Black Hill and then a long descent, with wonderful views across Wensleydale, to the incredible fortress of Bolton Castle. After refreshements, delightful field paths took us to Carperby (Wheatsheaf Inn) and then along Oxclose Road (the old road through Wensleydale) to Woodhall and Worton, where we had a final drink at the legendary Victoria Arms before crossing a couple of fields back to Askrigg. A wonderful day of warm sunshine.

We walked around 14 miles each day and managed to visit five pubs.

Thanks to Mark, Tony, Marie, Linda, Terry, Tony, Brian and Jo for joining me on this walk.

Why not book onto our next guided walk in the Lake District?
'The Inn Way' walking experience
15th & 16th September 2011

A historical journey of exploration in the Lake District
www.teamwalking.co.uk/inn-way-walking-experience.html

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS COPYRIGHT MARK REID 2011














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