Swaledale Marathon | Saturday 8 September 2018

Walk Leader: Andy Miller
Participants: 10
Mileage: 24 miles
Ascent: 4,600 ft
Walk Report: Robert Cope


Avoiding the forecast early rain, the tireless ten departed Reeth in good spirits – only to be confronted almost immediately by the challenging ascent to Fremington Edge.  From there we made good progress before descending into pretty Langthwaite and then to Whaw for our coffee stop.  Light drizzle (turning somewhat windier and heavier later) accompanied our climb up Great Punchard Gill and across Punchard, Friarfield and Melbecks Moors before clearing up as we made our descent into Gunnerside.  To everyone’s delight, Gunnerside welcomed us with sunshine and an excellent tea shop where we recharged our batteries for the final leg of our adventure in delightful dry September weather - traversing (of course) the amusingly named Cringley Bottom!

A challenging day’s walk with some terrific views – and thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Our thanks to Andy for his leadership and a well-researched route.

NB:  Be aware that the large red mushroom shown in the photos below is apparently highly poisonous!

Photos by Robert Cope