15-19 October 2012: Clapham, Yorkshire Dales

The first midweek trip organised by London Red Rope was to the Yorkshire Ramblers Club hut, Lowstern near Clapham. This is a comfortable, well-appointed hut in a lovely position with views to the south, particularly beautiful in the evening light, enjoyed with a glass of wine!

Four London Red Ropers were joined on the trip by Grace from Bristol & South-West Region, and Dave from Merseyside. Walks included the ascent of Ingleborough by two intrepid members of the party, who were nearly blown off the top by the strong winds. Others contented themselves with visiting Gaping Gill to see the stream plunge into this huge pothole. Another day saw a visit to the Norber Erratics (boulders brought down by glaciers and left behind as they retreated), a walk which finished with a very boggy path and a slurry covered farmyard. Fortunately the tea-shop lady in Clapham was tolerant of smelly, muddy walkers! On the third day two of the party opted to take the train ride to Carlisle over the wonderful, scenic Settle-Carlisle line, while the others walked from Settle.

Despite a few dodgy knees and blisters, all agreed that it had been a very enjoyable trip, and the smaller numbers had made a pleasant change, and simplified the organisation. We were lucky with the weather, the early morning rain clearing to leave sunny intervals and wonderful cloudscapes. Many thanks to Annie for organising the  trip and ordering the food (the Co-op at Settle were very obliging). It is hoped there will be more similar trips arranged in the future.

Sheila Dobner

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