August Ambling

Are we there yet? Coming up the hill Dave tells a tale Group at Settle Lunchtime Steep climb Taking shelter Time for a chat
Sunday August 7th.

Settle Up or Else!. 21 miles from Settle.

Leader: Jean Lyon.

18 set off from Settle. The sky was overcast and it was raining enough for waterproofs and looking very much like more rain to come.

Heading East and climbing steadily with Attamire Scar to our left and extensive views to Rylstone Cross and beyond we soon came to Stockdale Lane. This was followed to almost gain the summit of Pikedaw. Then what goes up must come down and we began the long descent into Malham village and a coffee stop.

Leaving Malham via Janets Foss and Gordale Bridge we began a steady ascent up Hawthorns Lane turning right towards Weets Top.

Just before the summit we turned left and passing through several farms eventually came to Mastiles Lane.

Lunch here behind a stone wall was a bit drafty but no rain.

Turning left on Mastiles Lane we then struck off right heading for Middle House. From here we headed downhill to Malham tarn. Turning right along the tarn we headed through the Field Centre buildings to turn right and pass the Nature Reserve entrance.

Suddenly a call came from the back - one of our party appeared to be missing ( for his/her own protection no names will be mentioned!) After discussion as to when he/she was last seen a vote was taken - again in the interest of future walks the percentage of members who voted to continue and leave missing person to the horrors of a night alone in the dales will not be revealed!!

It was then agreed that a trusted member of the group (who I knew, knew the way back) would take the majority the final 5/6miles back to Settle.

Meanwhile a small 'task force' set off back down the route to locate our missing person. After checking a turn off to Fountains Fell our

member was located and apart from a very red face seemed no worse for wear until of course he/she had endured a 'tongue lashing'.

All's well that ends well and we completed the final miles in beautiful sunshine with fantastic views of Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough.

Thank you to all who came on this walk and special thanks to June who lead the group back to Settle. Also thanks to Neil, Alf, Peter, Dave,

Ruth and Mary who stayed back to make sure no one was left behind.


Tuesday August 9th.

Annie's Amble. 5 mile evening stroll from Moss Bank Park.

Leader: Ann Oliver.

13 walkers and 5 dogs.

Another fine evening and a lovely stroll in Bolton. After crossing the park (where Peter Haslam was working away with the British Military Fitness) we made our way to Boot Lane. From here it was over the fields to Old Hall Lane and along to High Rid reservoir.

There is always a wind along High Rid and tonight was no exception. It did feel a litle chilly but one of the dogs, Bud, decided it was a nice night for a dip. At the end of the water was the sweetie stop, now a feature of these evening walks!

We climbed up to Chorley Old Road and walked along to Bob's Smithy pub admiring the view over the Lancashire plain. It was then a short hop to cross Old links golf course which looked in fine form and down to Barrow Bridge. Some were reminiscing about the boating lake and shop that used to be here.

It was then just a little way along past some lovely houses and a return across the park to the cars.

Thanks to Ann for a lovely stroll.

Along by High Rid Barrow Bridge Crossing Moss Bank Park Crossing Old Links Group in Moss Bank Park Sweetie Time!