Leader : Elaine Anderson. Distance : 6.3 miles
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Elaine reports :-
17 set out from the beautiful Georgian town of Richmond. (Did you know that Richmond was founded in 1071 on land granted to Alan Rufus by William the Conqueror.
He promptly built a castle to dominate the area, which was completed in 1086).
Our route took us for a mile or so beside the River Swale as we headed out through Billy Bank and Hudswell woods. Taking us out of the woods, the Hudswell Steps were originally built by German prisoners of war during WWII and were completely renovated in 2016 by the Dales National Park and volunteers from various groups including cadets from Harrogate Army Foundation College.
We managed to keep all 17 together and turn right near the top of the steps, despite the “pub this way” sign pointing to the left, towards the award winning George and Dragon public house in Hudswell.
Some tricky climbs and pathways followed for a few miles in the warm sunshine. Finally up and onto White Scar we were rewarded with pretty views down into Swaledale and Marske village.
As we entered the ancient village of Downholme we were all ready for a rest and a beverage. Alas we arrived at 3:08pm and the Bolton Arms public house closed at 3:00pm!
However a few minutes the door of the pub opened and we were offered refreshments outside in the sun.
A wonderful end to a lovely walk.