Route

Route


Walk leader* Route* Weather* Walkers* Apologies and Excuses* Comments* Evening Meal* Picture Gallery


Walk leader

Michael and Michelle


Route

Gunnerside - Blakethwaite Mines - Ivelet (with a red telephone box) - Gunnerside.


Weather

Mixed and variable, not like July. Humid at start. Heavy shower of rain at lunch. Windy after lunch, in our faces except for the last couple of miles, when the sun came out. Very pleasant walk back to the cars.


Walkers

Michael, Michelle, Ron, Sandy, Beth, Alex, George B.


Apologies and Excuses

Ashley - in Spain

Bernie - family event


Comments

Relatively dry underfoot considering the amount of rain that had fallen recently. Lots of interesting old mine workings, taking us back to our industrial heritage, and a seat made out of a minetub. Skunkcap mushroom early on. Nice old schoolhouse at the beginning. A 'blast from the past' river crossing - only Michelle got her feet wet.

There was a bridge further downstream where we had lunch (Blakethwaite Mine). Lots of spring gates in squeeze stiles (38s won't go). Michelle sat down in some thistles. Brown, peaty waterfalls. Second food stop was a room with a view complete with fireplace (ruined cottage). Tall ferns where people disappeared. Unplanned scramble down a stream. Beth started an avalanche. Beautiful views of the river.

Lots of deviations (gross deviants who kept going the wrong way). We were fairly confident that we saw last month's walk from this month's walk.

Wildlife: Slow-worm, which disappeared into a hole; grey squirrel, lots of rabbits (including a black one), wheatears, oystercatchers, mouse, pied wagtail, grey wagtails, swallows, house martins, and a kestrel.

Saga Walk


Route

Gunnerside - Strands Woods - Smarber - Riverside - Gunnerside.


Weather

Better weather than main walk. Brief light showers and some sun. Very windy.


Walkers

Carol and Evelyn


Comments

The walk ended up longer and more exciting than we had intended! Our short meander took 3 and a half hours. Later found we had walked about 4 and a quarter miles. Climbed up the path from the village. Lots of huge mushrooms en route. The woods turned out to be full of ferns, which became taller and taller until we virtually disappeared. Good views of the river when we emerged from the woods. Difficult to find the proper route down to the river - had to retrace our steps after ending up in a dead end full of nettles.

In the end we did a very steep descent through lots of rabbits. Had to climb over a wall directly on to the road. Then found a path to the river. Strange fisherman who kept appearing with his rod but never seemed to do any fishing. Windy lunch spot near the river. Narrow stiles joining every field on the way back to the village. Passed a farm with a loudly crowing cockerel. Sampled the tearoom in Gunnerside.

Wildlife: Thousands of rabbits. Pheasants, swifts, ducks (including a white one), friendly sheep.


Evening meal

King's Arms, Reeth - found by Carol. Good meal, although the sausages had to be re-cooked.


Picture Gallery

Walkers

Most of the walkers

First mine

First mine

Michelle

Michelle above first mine

Second mine

Second mine

More ruins

More ruins

Lunch at third mine

Lunch at third mine

Beth

Beth at afternoon stop

Last month's walk

Last month's walk

Above Gunnerside

Up the valley from Gunnerside

Flag day

Flag day

Long way down

A long way down



Seat on Rails

Seat on Rails

Evelyn

Evelyn in ferns

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