Wednesday Walkers’ Break

1509 Yorkshire - Askrigg trip1

Once again the Wednesday ramblers went to the Yorkshire Dales for their mid October break. This year we stayed at the White Rose Hotel, Askrigg in Wensleydale.

On the Monday afternoon of our arrival we all did the 5 mile waterfall walk around Askrigg.

On Tuesday the longer circular walk was from Hawes via Hardraw, onwards and upwards along the Pennine Way until lunchtime at Great Gunner Fell. The return was across the grouse moors, Buttertubs Road and to Lovely Seat before descending. Meanwhile the shorter walk (9 miles) was circular from Askrigg to the renowned Aysgarth Waterfalls. Sue and Ian cycled.

The Wednesday walks commenced from Wensley Church along the River Ure, returning to Askrigg by Aysgarth Church and bridge, or crossing the river earlier over the perfectly dry stepping stones to Bolton Castle. Some ramblers spent the day visiting the Wensleydale cheese factory.

The longer walks on Thursday went southwards from Askrigg across the road bridge to the top of Addlebrough and around the fells. The return route, using the stepping stones below Askrigg was found to be too treacherous, so it was the road bridge again. The short walk was from Hawes to Askrigg.

We awoke on Friday to heavy rain but this soon abated as we wound our way home with happy memories of the time we spent in the Yorkshire Dales, enjoying good food, comfortable accommodation, fine weather, interesting walks, competent navigators, good company and spectacular scenery.

Tony Hall


Derbyshire Dales Group