3/09/16 Askrigg Circular ‘A’ Bill Sillitoe ‘B’ Gary O’Hagan

With another weather forecast of continuous rain, 47 members set out for the Yorkshire Dales stopping for coffee in Richmond. As expected, upon arrival in the pretty village of Askrigg it was raining and it didn’t stop for the rest of the day. Brian, our coach driver managed a tight manoeuvre to turn the coach around in an industrial unit’s yard at the bottom of the village. 11 members set out on the ‘A’ walk while after lunch 22 members did the ‘B’ walk. The coach travelled to Hawes for the afternoon with 14 members who opted not to walk today and visited the Wensleydale cheese factory instead. The ‘B’ walk followed very wet field paths and lanes and to avoid stepping stones over the River Ure we crossed the river on a road bridge at Worton. After a

toilet stop in Bainbridge we continued on passing Yoredale House hotel and ascended through fields negotiating slippery stone stiles all of which had highly strung springs attached to their stile gates. We reached Mill Gill wood and crossed the stream over a high footbridge with huge rocks and boulders below us. We walked through a field with cows and calves before reaching the outskirts of Askrigg. We walked through a small housing estate to emerge next to the village church. Fortunately there were 2 cafes and 3 public houses to frequent which enabled everyone to escape from the rain until the coach returned from Hawes. The ‘A’ party returned earlier than expected which gave them time to enjoy refreshments and dry out before travelling home after an evening stop in Richmond. Flowers: Himalayan balsam.

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