Monday, November 10, 2008

Barbon, Calf Top, Dent & Great Coum

Walking Weekend, Barbon Inn - 7th to 9th November 2008

Twice a year (May and November) a group of us go away for a weekend of walking, drinking and catching up. We've been doing this for 5 years, and this weekend we went to the Barbon Inn (in the village of Barbon) on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales. I highly recommend this pub - cosy bar with cast-iron range, comfortable rooms and great food.
On Saturday we did a great walk - 16 miles and over 1,000 metres of ascent. The route started from Barbon and took in Calf Top (609 m), Dent village (lunch at the Sun Inn), Flinter Gill, Great Coum (687 m), Crag Hill, Bullpot Farm and back to Barbon. It took us 9.5 hours and was quite a challenge with strong winds, driving rain and steep slopes. The last 2 hours of the walk was done in the dark, which added to the experience. And we didn't meet another person all day... the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales.

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