Anyone for a Pint at Tan Hill

 

 

 

Anyone For A Pint At Tan Hill - Saturday April 8th

 

 

On a glorious sunny morning 7 members of Cleveland club and 1 from Merseystride and 1 from Northumberland group met up at Muker. A slightly delayed start was made at 9.15am.  Swaledale is renowned for its lovely old barns and awkward narrow stiles and plenty of both were very evident on the first stretch over to Thwaite, Angram and Keld a lovely part over the valley. 

Down into the village of Keld and over to the pretty Easegill force for our first break on the convenient seats available. Here we were to part company with Albert & Tom who were taking a shorter route through the valley back to Muker. 

Farewells made the rest of us made our way up and over Cotterby Scar overlooking the upper reaches of the Swale in West Stonedale with lovely views all round. The path followed round to Ravenseat the farmstead of Amanda and Clive and their ever increasing brood of children, their remote life style made famous by a number of documentaries for television. A stop was not made for one of their famed cream teas as a long climb was ahead up to the even more famous Tan Hill pub (Highest pub in England). The landscape is very remote and wild in contrast with softer valley below but non the less beautiful. 

A stark contrast greeted us at Tan Hill with the pub heaving with visitors out for a day trip in the beautiful weather. A small patch of grass was found for us to stop and have our lunch before pressing on our homeward bound route via the Pennine Way track. The figure of eight route crossed at Easegill force were we had our final break before continuing on this time round the back of Kisdon on a somewhat stony path but with glorious views over the Swaledale valley below before descending back to Muker by 4.15pm. The village here being very busy with tourists enjoying the good weather. 

Thanks to all who turned out especially to those from distant groups who had a long journey to join us and to return home. I had a lovely day and hope you all did too.

 

Carol.

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