Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Boots and Beer Walking Festival

Boots and Beer Walking Festival 2010

Pic: Looking across to Hawes from Sedbusk

Another great Walking Festival last weekend. Over 430 walkers came up to Wensleydale to enjoy a weekend of great walks, classic pubs and evening entertainment.

After a very wet Friday, the weather improved with sunshine and squally showers. There were 14 self-guided walks to choose from, varing from 4 to 15 miles in length, and everyone who set off came back safely having had a great time. But there again, you can not help but be impressed by the stunning landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. We also raised over £800 for Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, who were on standby over the weekend (but thankfully were not called upon!).

I researched and wrote all of the walks - over 120 miles of paths - which took me the best part of the summer.

On Friday I took an Open Access navigation skills walk up to the summit of Dodd Fell (668m), which was challenging due to the weather and terrain, but hugely enjoyable.

Here's a photo of us on the summit

Pic: Summit of Dodd Fell (668 metres)

I hope to see you at next year's event, which will be our 10th Walking Festival http://www.bootsandbeer.com/


Mark Reid

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