23/06/18 Away Day to Skipton walk leader Peter Gilliland
On a dry and warm sunny day 44 members headed for Skipton after stopping for coffee in Ripon. We had to make a detour to get to Skipton because the road at Blubberhouses was closed in both directions. There was ongoing road works to rectify a hole that had opened in the middle of the road. The detour added extra travelling time on to our journey. Skipton was bustling, the through traffic was busy and the market lined the main street. There was an option to do a 6 mile circular walk which many choose to do. We walked to the edge of town and then followed stony tracks for an uphill climb passing through a copse and onto the open fells at Jenny Gill on Skipton Moor. Tremendous views could be seen across the whole of Skipton. We sat on the grassy moorland for lunch before continuing on and eventually descending to the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Snaygill Stone Bridge. The towpath was followed back into Skipton. Our meal was booked at the Millstones on the A59 so once again we had to detour to reach our destination but this time we cut across country from Otley past Swinsty and Fewston reservoirs. The carvery meal was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the evening finished off with singing and dancing.