Leaders: David Reed, Marg & Paul Jackson Distances 11, 10 and 5.5 miles
41 of us from the two Darlington walking clubs plus Paul’s sister Sue enjoyed a glorious sunny day in Upper Warfedale. We split up into 3 groups and all set off from the National Car Park in Grassington.
David had 15 in his group. They headed over the bridge at Linton Falls and onto Threshfield and Conistone with a great little scramble on route and an ice cream at Kilnsey Park. It was back to the car park via the Dales Way and the River Wharfe
I had a group of 16. We too headed down to Linton Falls but turned east before the bridge following The Dales Way for a short while leaving it to follow the path to Hole Bottom where on route we bumped into Paul’s group. We let them pass us as we stopped for our elevenses. After coffee it was onto Yarnbury passing the mine workings continuing north then west and finally picking up The Dales Way footpath where shortly after we spotted David’s group ahead of us and back through the centre of Grassington to the car park.
Paul had 11 in his group. They headed up the village then out across the hillside to Hole Bottom where they had coffee by the beck. They then made their way down to Hebden and watched a buzzard being mobbed by cows. It was then down to the stream eventually ending up at the suspension bridge / stepping stones where they had lunch and back to the car park via the river path and Linton Falls. They had time for a pre meal drink while waiting for the rest of us.
We all had an excellent roast dinner at the Black Horse Hotel which luckily was able to accommodate all 42 of us. We left for home at 6pm only to be back in Grassington 70 mins later due to the driver deciding on an alternative route home and then the coach being too big to get through the archway at Bolton Abbey. However it didn’t spoil our day and we were back home by 8.45. We all really enjoyed finally getting together again and catching up with friends we haven’t seen for ages.