18th December 2011 - Another White Horse Christmas

19th November 2011 - Bill's Birthday Bash

Here are some photos from Bill's annual birthday walk. The linear route this year went from Ilkley to Skipton. The weather was misty at first, but good sunshine and very mild thereafter. There were 16 people in total.

Thanks go to John Sparshatt for the photos.

21st August 2011 - Sandsend Stroll (Part II)

The walk started from the Whale Bones in Whitby. In the morning we visited Sandsend, Raithwaite Hall, Rigg Mill and then took the old railway line to Robin Hoods Bay for a pint at the Victoria Hotel. In the afternoon we followed the Cleveland Way back to Whitby.

30th July 2011 - The Seahorse Saunter

This year's long walk was the Seahorse Saunter. Nothing to report as everything went smoothly and no one got locked in the toilets at Egon Bridge... honest!

21st May 2011 - Fryupdale Frolic

Finally we managed to walk "The One That Got Away In The Snow!"

The walk started from Lealholm Car Park and we were joined by some new faces from Hull and Driffield who were using the walk as training for the 3 Peaks this summer. The walk was basically a figure of eight, that visited Eskdale and Fryupdale in the morning, with a stiff climb up to Blakey ridge for lunch time refreshments at the Lion Inn. Afternoon saw us dropping down into Rosedale, with another stiff climb up Sturdy Bank and then along Glaisdale Rigg, with a gentle descent back to Lealholm.

27th March - Rosedale Rampage

The day started off cold and dull as we made our way across Spaunton Moor towards Rosedale but by the morning stop (on a broken wall just past Hollins Farm) the sun had come out and we were treated to a nice spring day. The walk continued down to Rosedale Abbey and through the caravan park - Dave Green was going to place an offer on a prefabricated luxury lodge a snip £85,000. We then proceeded along the river Seven to Low Thorgill Farm, where I had some navigational difficulty (just to prove that I'm human after all) and so we took a detour from the original Rampage Route into Thorgill. Just before High House Farm a rather steep ascent and then descent over Blakey Ridge (Sledge Shoe Bents) was made to deposit us in Farndale. This time a planned detour was taken to the Feversham arms in Church Houses where we stopped for lunch - I can recommend the Cooper Dragon, which was on good form. The daffodil walk was then followed along with the world and his wife and his kids to Low Mill. Luckily the daffodils had just come out this weekend (I'd been fretting all week that we were too early) and we were treated to a carpet of yellow. From Low Mill we had to walk along Mill Lane to Cross Farm where we could drop back down to the River Dove and see yet more daffodils in Birch Hagg Plantation which some say are better than the ones on the daffodil walk. From here it was a short walk back to Hutton-le-Hole.

5th March -  Castles, Temples and Nuns

Well there wasn't a nun to be seen on John Stenton's inaugural walk, however there was a mausoleum, but I guess that wasn't so catchy a title! A very pleasant spring walk took us from Castle Howard's Great Lake to Hovingham where we spent an enjoyable elevenses stop at the rather wonderful bakery there. Thus weighed down with buns and pasties apiece, we crossed fields to pick up the old railway track which took us towards Slingsby. We then sauntered back through woodland to walk across the grounds of Castle Howard, taking in many of the well known sights - the New River Bridge, the mausoleum and the temple, finishing off by the shores of the Great Lake.

22nd January - AGM Walk and Lunch

A mild and sunny January day for our AGM walk from Easingwold. Once underway the scenery becomes pleasantly rural as the ground rises towards Crayke where we admired the castle and cluster of posh houses around the green. A quick peek in the century church, and down a flight of steps leading from the churchyard into the fields. We joined the Foss Way shortly before Oulston Reservoir where we had a spot of elevenses on the dam wall. Past Pond Head Farm and along the high lane to Oulston, where the Foss Way brought us downhill towards Easingwold through more fields, muddier ones this time though, and back in time for a pint before our AGM lunch.

9th January - Not a Rigg-Orous Ramble

Nasty icy conditions on the intended route forced a route change to the West. A lunch stop at Simon Howe on a cracking sunny day via Yorfalls Wood and Raindale Head, (you would hardly have known the Tandem was there the day before), then a hack across the moor to drop down to the rail line just before needle point then back via Hudson's cross. The distance was down to 13 miles but arduous enough given the snowy conditions.