Walking Diary 2024


REDMIRE WALK - Thursday 11th January

Six walkers left Redmire for a short 4 miler across the fields and railway line up to Preston-under-Scar, then back above Redmire railway station before descending back into Redmire itself for refreshments.


Sadly no significant bridges were crossed, although, the resourceful explorers did discover a new category of bridge: "The Mini-Bridge".  Colin, the resident CE declared the category valid on three counts; 1, he was the leader; 2, he said so; and 3, he was buying the first round so if anyone dissented they could buy their own beer.  All agreed and a new category was born!

The route, although difficult, proved tolerable for the walkers under Colin's excellent guidance.


Little fear was shown by the walkers as they crossed the high speed railway line.   No accidents occurred.


Beer, butties and chips were taken at the friendly, welcoming Redmire Village Pub (previously The Bolton Arms), however, there was no consensus on the beer score.   All agreed the Theakstons was acceptable, but had tasted better.  Ed agreed with himself that the Black Sheep was very good.


The walkers were pleased to reach their destination in good spirit and agreed to meet for a further walk on the 8th February

ChipAdvisor:           Good quality chips
Ale score:           
  Average quality ales

Walkers:              Colin (leader), Andy, Bruce, Ed, John & Paul.  with Clifford arriving as their lunch guest.

Weather:             Misty and damp to start, but clearing by mid-morning

CARPERBY WALK - Thursday 8th February

The Dynamic Duo, Little and Large, set off from Aysgarth on the long route to Carperby

The first bridge was quickly encountered and traversed with little dignity.  *(sorry: difficulty – ed.)

Slipping across the National Park car park, Large found another bridge in the woods.


The Duo were determined to keep going despite the increasing amount of snow, knowing that a warm fire would be waiting in The Wheatsheaf.

Where was the next bridge to be found?  An old railway bridge was seen with a lake under it.   Little took the plunge, showing Large the path to take.

Venturing into the unknown, a new path was discovered that would lead directly to Carperby. Following some footsteps in the snow, stile after stile was climbed, eventually leading to a view of The Wheatsheaf.  However, another challenging bridge had to be traversed before arriving.

There the Duo met the Intrepid Wanderer *(also known as Clifford – ed.) who was supping his first pint.  A warm welcome was enhanced with refreshing drinks, tasty food accompanied by the customary bowl of chips. The ritual chip waving took place with usual ceremony.

Talk ranged far and wide before Little and Large re-donned their boots to make their way back across white fields, under another bridge, safely home to Aysgarth.

And then the really heavy snow descended…..

ChipAdvisor:              Score deemed  3
Ale score:               
  Score 4

Cast:                       Little ed – Bruce
                                Large ed – Paul
                                Travelling Wanderer - Clifford

Weather:                Snow!!!!

GILLING WEST WALK - Thursday 14th March

The group assembled at the pre-determined spot in Gilling West, with the Aysgarth contingent having taken a rather scenic route from Richmond to GW. On time, the complete group departed GW for Skeeby and the Traveller’s Rest hostelry.

Dick wasted no time in displaying his teaching background with an impressive  demonstration of multi-tasking:, ie walking across muddy fields whilst navigating using GPS.

At the first opportunity the lads stopped for a bridge photo on the newly (see last walk) categorised “mini-bridge” at Skeeby before sprinting up the hill to the pub. (This was the only bridge encountered on the first leg)

A warm welcome in the Traveller’s Rest was accompanied by pints of delicious and well kept “Ruck & Maul” ale, and top class beef or tuna panini with chips.

After leaving the pub the lads returned to the start on a mainly different route, with the aim of discovering some previously unknown bridges.   Firstly spanning the roaring torrent of Gilling Beck the Twaddlers bravely posed on the unguarded bridge

After the trauma of the unguarded bridge the lads trekked on to the next objective, this time a safer, though smaller bridge over Crayfish Beck.  Here the photographer took the opportunity to practise some photoshopping (in line with recent royal protocols) and just for fun edited out all the walkers.

The final bridge of the day caused much consternation among the group. Is it a bridge; is it a culvert?  Fortunately and before any unseemly behaviour ensued, Colin was able to use his superior know-how on all matters engineering to avert a disturbance and define the structure, whereupon another new category was born: the BRIDVERT.

Before returning home the boys posed for one last selfie.

A relatively short walk but enjoyable all the same. Thank you Dick.


Ale score:               

Walkers:                Dick (leader), Andy, Bruce, Colin, Ed, John, Paul D and Paul M

Weather:                Mostly dry, overcast and VERY VERY Muddy

BURNSALL WALK - Thursday 11th April

The five eager walkers arrived outside the Red Lion in Burnsall ready to set off by the river to the giant suspension bridge.   The walkers chose to ignore warnings that the bridge had required major repairs earlier in the week.

The walkers showed no fear as they crossed the suspension bridge, but wisely held on to the cables in case of collapse. 

The walkers were pleased to locate their first bridge and celebrated by stopping in Grassington for Mars Bar Crispies

No fear was witnessed as they crossed the swollen Linton Falls
Dick and Clifford joined the walkers at the Fountaine Inn in Linton for lunch, with ale.  Dick had selected to take a shorter walk hoping to meet up with the walkers before Linton, but was put off by the rather muddy fields.

After lunch Dick & Clifford departed leaving the walkers to negotiate the narrow bridge opposite the pub,

The walkers, using their remarkable detective skills, were quick to locate the double decker bus that had been hidden in the village of Thorpe.

The last bridge was located with little effort before the walkers arrived at their destination in Burnsall.


Ale score:               

Walkers:                Alan (leader), Andy, Bruce, Colin and John, with Dick (alternative route) and Clifford for lunch.

Weather:               Mostly dry, but windy and wet underfoot

SCORTON LAKES WALK - Thursday 9th May

Six walkers gathered at the North Car Park of the Scorton Lakes nature reserve, anxious to start their walk in the warm sunshine.

Very quickly discussions took place as to the correct route, but Tom characteristically took control of the situation!

However, the walkers instinctively knew that they were on the right route when they saw the Alan's familiar sign


Great excitement was witnessed when the walkers viewed the following birds:

Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Garden warbler, Blackcap, Common whitethroat, Sedge warbler, Reed warbler, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Great crested grebe, Gadwall, Tufted duck, Mallard, Greylag goose, Canada goose, Common sandpiper, Blackbird, Song thrush, Blue tit, Great tit, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Wren, Robin, Lapwing, Reed bunting, Mute swan, Coot.

Plus a Clockwise Snail !!!

With only limited bridge opportunities, the walkers gathered for a group photo, but were later seen admiring the extensive and cunning water courses feeding the various lakes.

Although the bridge opportunities on the walk were limited, the walkers took time out to explore and map the extensive network of tunnels throughout the nature reserve.  The locals were grateful for their time.


The walkers took additional time searching for large flightless birds known to be in the area and were pleased to locate one fine specimen grazing in a field

The walkers accurately located the Farmers Arms in Scorton, where they feasted upon the last of the pub's baguettes and all their stocks of Theakstons Ale.   They left conscious that any newly arriving customers, could go both hungry and thirsty. 

Tom was pleased to share his knowledge of the birds in the reserve to the others who listened intently


Arriving back at the cars the group all agreed that the walk had been not only enjoyable, but very educational.


ChipAdvisor:              (Excellent quality)
Ale score:               
  (Supplies were soon exhausted!!)

Walkers:                Tom (leader), Alan, Bruce, Paul M, Ed and Dick

Weather:               Dry and very sunny

NEXT WALK - Thursday 11th June




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