Friday, November 26, 2010

navigation skills course - Grassington

Navigation Skills course - Grassington, Yorkshire Dales
NNAS Bronze award

2-days walking in Wharfedale, based at the Devonshire Hotel, Grassington.

The course includes:
  • route planning
  • weather forecasts
  • map skills
  • navigation skills
  • compass skills
  • relocation
  • gear & equipment
  • food and water
  • emergency procedures
Our 2011 courses are now available online, with two courses per month between March and November in the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and Peak District.

Gain a national navigation award!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Northern Echo Walk - Shacklesborough

Northern Echo Walk
Shacklesborough, Baldersdale, North Pennines

4.75 miles / 3 hours.
Open Access Land (no dogs) - OS Explorer Map OL31

Cotherstone Moor is a vast expanse of predominantly grassy moorland, punctuated by small, rocky and very distinctive flat-topped hills, of which Shacklesborough is the most dramatic. This moorland rises up to the south of Baldersdale, and forms part of a much larger stretch of moorland that separates this tributary of Teesdale from Stainmore to the south; it is a wide, wild and windswept place! From Balderhead Reservoir, a stony track leads up to Water Knott (outdoor centre), from where a grassy quad bike track takes you across grassy moorland (Open Access Land) to the foot of the steep slopes of Shacklesborough via Galloway Rigg and a sheepfold. It is then a short, sharp and rocky climb to the top with its Trig Point and large cairn, from where there is a magnificent panorama across the North Pennines. From the Trig Point and cairn on this flat-topped tor of more resistant gritstone there are far-reaching views across the hills of the northern Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines and, on a clear day, the Lakeland mountains and the North York Moors on the horizon. This is a wonderful spot, a place to sit awhile and take in the wonderful views. In fact, Shacklesborough is a hill that I have wanted to climb for many years, and it did not disappoint.

There are two ways back from the top; either re-trace your steps along the quad bike track or strike north across the boggy tussock grass to pick up some small streams and quad bike tracks that take you back to Water Knott via Low Round Sheepfold and Gill Sike, albeit with wet feet and trousers! A memorable walk in the North Pennines.

Photos (copyright Mark Reid)

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Add years to your life and life to your years


Yesterday, I took a group of 10 business professionals out NetWalking in the Yorkshire Dales.

NetWalking is a unique networking concept that provides uninterrupted “talk time” whilst surrounded by inspirational landscapes.

After breakfast at the Red Lion at Burnsall, we set off across fields and pastures to the hidden village of Thorpe from where a track took us to the top of Barden Fell, a wonderful expanse of heather moorland. After a snack at a shooters' hut, we walked to a ciarn high above Burnsall from where there were spectacular views before heading back down to the Red Lion for lunch.

The main purpose of the day was to get to know like-minded business professionals in an informal yet highly effective way, where you can build strong relationships during a 3-hour walk through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

So, if you are a business professional that wants to meet some great people, clear your mind and get some good exercise, NetWalking is for you.

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