I’m back in Yorkshire with my local rambling club www.crosbyramblingclub.co.uk. After doing the reccee for the ‘A ‘party walk last week I decided to take it easy and do the ‘B’ walk. A steady 9 miles through classic Yorkshire Dales countryside in the lovely valley of Wensleydale.
We left the town and headed north though pastures towards the River Ure. Conditions were perfect with some marvellous lighting .
We followed the river bank for a short while before out first gentle climb up to the hamlet of Sedbusk.
From Sedbusk we headed west through typical Dales scenery. Dry stone walls surrounding fields each with their old stone barn, tree and gated gap-stiles, some of them very narrow. On reaching the hotel at Simonstone we turned north to begin a short but steep climb up the hillside.
As we reached rougher ground we turned left to follow a clear track below some disused mine workings. To our left there were lovely views of the Wensleydale valley looking over towards Wether hill. Crossing a minor road we then followed a path alongside Hardraw Beck with its many little waterfalls.
We crossed more fields and were lucky to see a young woman training her sheepdog. It was fantastic to watch the dog in action as it herded up the sheep.
We emerged on to the road by the Green Dragon Pub behind which is Hardraw Force, the highest single drop waterfall in England. However it is on private land and a fee of £2.50 is charged to go and view it. We all declined. As we stood outside the pub trying to decide whether to invest our money in a pint of real ale I spotted a robin in a nearby tree. Using the zoom on my little compact to its maximum I managed to get a couple of images.
We left Hardraw following the Pennine Way before turning west to cross more pastureland heading towards the village of Appersett. Crossing Widdale Beck and managing to keep our feet dry (just) it was then an easy stroll back to Hawes. It had been a marvellous day and we got back to Hawes just as the light was beginning to fade.
Back in Hawes we had time for a drink. I popped into The Crown for a pint of Theakston’s Old Peculier. At 5.6% ABV it is a powerful brew. A blend of finest pale crystal and roasted barley with two bitter hops combined with ‘Fuggle’ hop to produce full bodied flavour.
For many years it was referred to as ‘Yorkshire Lunatic Broth’
It was superb. but at £3.85 a pint it needed to be.
I think I dozed off on the journey home.