Leader Elaine Anderson. Distance : 7.5 miles.
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Elaine reports :-
The Swale Way – stage 10 – Grinton to Gunnerside
14 walkers set out on the 7.6 mls of our 10th stage of Darlington CHA & HF Rambling Club’s Swale Way.
Our start location for this stretch was Grinton. The village is still recovering after the recent flash floods and it’s clear from the occasions we have been there recently that there despite the devastation, the village is keen to impress that it’s “open for business”. We can certainly recommend The Bridge Inn public house for hospitality and good food.
Although only a small place, Grinton has a lot to offer. The imposing St Andrews Church, often called “the Cathedral of the Dales” being one of them. Originally built in the time of the Normans but has been added to over the centuries.
Our route today took us through Reeth. Always a busy place for walkers and tourists alike.
Reeth is another town that can be dated as far back as the Domesday book. In there it was called “Rie” which is the ancient Anglo-Saxon name for a ditch, beck or river.
Leaving Reeth, we headed down to the river and we followed this beautiful stretch of the Swale pretty much all the way to Gunnerside.
A particularly nice route today with sunshine and good company along the way.