Johns Wensleydale Wander

 

 

 

Johns Wensleydale Wander, 18th May 2019

 

An unpromising forecast of rain might have been a contributory factor to a relatively low turnout of seven. As it happened, there was little more than a brief spell of light drizzle during the walk that led to us abandoning a lunch stop in favour of pushing on. The very dry conditions underfoot also helped to keep the pace up so that there was  good progress during the first few riverside miles to Aysgarth where we had a brief stop at the Church Yard.

Crossing the river to the North side, our view of Aysgarth falls was testimony to the recent weeks of dry weather, the volume of water being relatively low. A gentle climb through fields past the carved wooden monster devouring a human leg, led us to Castle Bolton where there was a chance for a luxury indoor loo stop at the cafe. A steady slog onwards and upwards took us onto the moors and along tracks that showed signs of quarrying long since abandoned. We then crossed through the middle of the current, vast stone quarrying activities that are invisible to the average Dales tourist.  Back along the Shawl with its great views took us to the Leyburn marketplace finish where we had the usual GPS mileage comparisons that rarely agree. I declare the official distance, plotted on digital mapping, as 19.4 miles!

 

John Leeman

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