1st to 4th May 2015: East Anglia Red Rope trip to Clapham, Yorkshire

Two London members, Polly and myself, went on this large Mayday Bank Holiday trip – sixteen people — travelling up separately by train. We were staying at the Yorkshire Ramblers’ Lowstern Hut, and the trip was arranged partly to coincide with “Scandimoot”, a festival of Scandinavian music and dance: some of us went to their workshops instead of walking, and most of us went to the Saturday evening concert in Settle.

 

Pravin staring down Gaping Gill -- and the rest of us telling him not to do it

Pravin staring down Gaping Gill — and the rest of us telling him not to do it

On the Saturday, most of us went up Ingleborough, the local mountain, stopping on the way to peer down Gaping Gill. Although the forecast had been good, the wind got up and it started to snow just as we reached the summit plateau, so we did not hang around, descending into Clapham for tea and cake.

The Scandimoot Concert, in Settle's music hall

The Scandimoot Concert, in Settle’s music hall

On Sunday morning we avoided the weather by going on a tour of Ingleborough Cave, with a very humorous guide, then walked over the moors to the pub at Austwick before returning to Clapham across the fields.

This sign on a gate on the path back into Clapham possibly carries a profound political message ...

This sign on a gate on the path back into Clapham possibly carries a profound political message …

Some of the party go a walk in on Monday, but Polly and I both left on, curiously, two different 11.33 trains from Clapham: Polly going east to Leeds and the East Coast line, I heading for Lancaster and the west coast.

Humphrey

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About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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