Leader : Michael Brownbridge. Distance : 10 miles
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Michael reports :-
There was a bit of mist on the hilltops when 8 of us set out from the centre of Reeth towards the River Swale and over the footbridge. We then started our first climb up the hillside over fields towards Harkerside. After walking across the moors with fine views looking back towards Reeth we found a good spot to stop for morning coffee before descending into Grinton. We then walked along the side of the Swale and over fields to Marrick Priory. Lunch was taken on the side of the path overlooking the priory and someone claimed that the sun was trying to peep through.It was certainly brighter and not at all cold. Following the nun’s causeway we arrived at Marrick village and then took the road to the end of Fremington Edge were we followed the path along the top and then descended past the White House down to the Arkle Beck. There was a motorcycle trial in progress near the beck and along the path we were taking so we waited a few minutes until they had passed over the path and then we were able to watch them on a couple of sections in the woods. Walking towards Castle Farm we saw the devastation of uprooted trees in the beck and the banks washed away by the flash flood in July. Once we had crossed the bridge over the beck it was a pleasant stroll over the fields back to Reeth where we enjoyed a well earned drink in The Black Bull.