Walking Diary 2019



WALDEN WALK - Saturday 19th January

A splendid turn out of ten walkers arrived at Simon's house at 8:30 for delicious Bacon, Egg and Sausage butties, before setting off through the village at the start of their epic exploration of the dale called just Walden,

The walkers fortified with their Egg, Bacon and Sausage butties are ready to take on anything 

The walkers soon reach the first of many bridges and were greatly relieved

The bridge quality proves to be very variable as the walk progresses

Conditions worsen as the walkers traverse Walden and the route becomes indistinct.   The walkers have faith in their leader, despite his numerous consultations with the map. 

The group spreads out due to the difficult conditions, but Simon stops regularly to re-group

The walkers cross Walden Beck close to Walden Head and they start their return via the traitorous southern side

Some discussion was heard regarding the validity of certain bridges, but this one was deemed to meet the required specification 

The walkers were relieved to locate the West Burton falls, knowing that their lunchtime stop was close by

  Alan was pleased with the performance of his new boots

The walkers feast upon chips in the Fox and Hounds in West Burton, together with much Black Sheep and Theakston ales

  The walkers were amazed at how dark it became on the last stage of their journey back to Thoralby


Chip Score:     Ten individual generous bowls of high quality chips.

Weather:     Damp and cold conditions with snow on the higher areas

Walkers:     Simon (Leader), Paul, Ed, Tom, Michael, John, Colin, Alan, Kevin & Dick

NORTH STAINLEY WALK - Saturday 16th February

Eight walkers arrived at the lay-by just south of North Stainley before tucking into delicious Bacon, Egg and Sausage butties, before setting off alongside the side of the Lightwater Valley amusement park.

The walkers are ready to tackle the difficult walk in warm conditions, hoping to be locate the infamous Hackfall Woods 

The first bridge located disappointed the walkers, but they vowed to locate more on their adventure

Great confusion was caused by identical bridges

The walkers were pleased to meet some of the local inhabitants, but felt they were more interested in the grass than the progress of the walkers.

Very quickly the walkers located the folly in Hackfall Woods, where they feasted on their Pork Pie rashions

The walkers proudly showed off another bridge and instinctively posed for more group photos

The Bull Inn in West Tansfield was chosen by the walkers for their lunchtime refreshments, where much ale and chips were consumed.

The last bridge was crossed after leaving the Bull Inn before the walkers took a riverside walk back towards North Stainley.

The walkers were quick to imprison John in the grade 2 listed lock-up on the main road through the village

The walkers were pleased with their performance on what was agreed a successful and enjoyable walk


Chip Score:     Individual bowls of chunky chips, but not considered to be crispy enough

Weather:     Warm and pleasant walking conditions

Walkers:     Colin (Leader), Paul, Ed, John, Colin, Simon, Alan, Kevin & Dick


  Although five hardy walkers arrived in Starbotton to commence the planned walk, the depth of the flooded roads they had encountered, persuaded them to abandon the walk.   They travelled to Bucken to find a shelter where they were able to enjoy Cliff's bacon and sausage butties, before heading home.

It soon became apparent that several of the walkers gathered to enjoy much ale, with chips in a local hostelry.  The other walkers were not amused!!

NEXT WALK - Saturday 20th April




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