Leader : Ian Bagshaw. Distance : 5.5 miles.
What a glorious day with wall to wall sunshine and the whole day ahead of us. Eight club members including the leader met at ED Walker Homes. Our green credentials had us using just two cars and off we sped. The views down Wensleydale were stunning and the clarity of the sky over Pen Hill suggested that there might be just a slight nip in the air. Arriving in Askrigg we found all the parking places to be claimed so we managed a short withdrawal back to the official car park which provided ample room.
We left Askrigg over the fields making for Worton which we seemed to reach fairly quickly. Whilst I remember I must record the sighting of a Barn Owl on the fence beside the road in Redmire. We crossed the Leyburn – Bainbridge road and then started a fairly steep climb up to Cubeck which is a farm and where our map indicated that we should start to walk along the top of Worton Scar. For some inexplicable reason our leader decided that the route must be higher up the hill which ultimately proved to be wrong. Anyhow his mistake did provide us with superb views down Wensleydale whilst we ate our elevenses. Admitting his mistake we descended back to Cubeck where it was perfectly clear that we had missed the excellent waymarking and finger posts. Brough Scar followed Worton Scar and then we were able to look clearly down onto Virosivm Roman Fort which is just above Bainbridge. We met two nice walkers from Germany who had just been up to Semer Water and they enthused about the countryside and were clearly excited to be told of the Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes.
A late lunch was enjoyed in Bainbridge on The Green and we refrained from trying out the stocks but our most elderly walker insisted in having a swing on the swing in the play park .We managed to find some 20p’s to allow access to the toilets which were immaculate. It seemed almost a shame to continue on our way but there was mention of a tea shop in Askrigg.
The leader had planned to ascend to the track which allows access to the Mill Stream but there was a unanimous decision that we should take the lower route and follow the old railway line. This was of particular interest as Dave was able to relate that as a boy he had travelled on the train to Garsdale where his family got the Settle to Carlisle train down to Hellifield from where they went on for their summer holidays in Morecombe. Memories.
We soon reached Askrigg having crossed a road and one last field to arrive in the Churchyard of St Oswalds Church. The tea shop was full and there was no room for the eight of us. Anyhow our leader had knowledge of The Kings Head and we descended upon their staff requesting cups of tea and very good tea it was to. Of course this is the pub that was used in the filming of All Creatures Great and Small and we relived our pleasure at having sat watching this programme ever so many years ago.
We walked 5 ½ miles but it was generally agreed that despite the slight detour early on in the walk it was a grand day out as they say in Yorkshire.