Leader : John Borill. Distance : 6.5 miles
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Bill reports :-
Sitting on the edge of Bishopdale the lovely linear village of West Burton with its extensive village green was our rendezvous for the day’s outing. Probably best known for its association with the great English Romantic painter J.M.W.Turner it has hosted our club on a number of occasions over the years so the 17 assembled members were looking forward to another tramp around the area.
Led by John, the titular head of the club’s Redmire chapter, we set off, as most walks from the village do almost by mandate, ‘just round the corner’ to pause and gaze with wonder at the magnificent Cauldron Falls which as a result of the recent rains were running full bore- a magnificent sight to be sure. “Reminiscent of the colour of Brown Ale” commented one lady member which leads us to speculate over the contents of the lady’s bedtime drink.
From the falls we began a gentle climb heading north for a while before pausing for an early coffee break near Flanders Hall and then continuing our ascent for another mile or so until we reached another of the region’s landmarks the ruins of the Knights Templar chapel. To those not in the know our leader gave a short potted history on the relics of a now generally discredited organisation dating from around the 12C.
Leaving the chapel we headed out in a due easterly direction and after a series of underfoot conditions ranging from wet and muddy to rubble tracks we reached the point of no return near the holiday retreat of Chantry. Thankfully stiles had been kind so far and gates easily operable.
The climb away from Chantry was short and a little stiff but we greeted with some scepticism our leader’s assurance that this was the last of the day- he was right. The track provided comparatively easy walking but the stony underfoot conditions were a little uncomfortable on the feet.
Evidence of the recent precipitation was all around with fields in the lower reaches flooded and the tracks we were walking pitted with puddles large and small necessitating careful traversing. Nevertheless we made good progress and lunch was taken on a trackside grassy bank and with the prevailing weather generally moderate we felt ‘pretty good’.
From there on it was simple a pleasant walk back to base with fine views along Wensleydale as we descended. We entered back into the village with a short spell of road walking along the B6160 to where our chariots awaited.
The local boozer, the Fox & Hounds, seemed to be taken over by the shooting fraternity and their beaters so our traditional post walk tipple was arranged in the nearby Aysgarth Falls Hotel .
With Mother Nature being kind on the day we had enjoyed yet another lovely walk in the Dales.