Meeting at Wells saw 14 ramblers catching our Norfolk Green bus laid on especially for us for the trip to Burnham Overy Staithe the start of the walk.At Burnham we were met by our 15th member Hilary who had used the coastal hopper from Hunstanton.A reasonable pace was set beside Overy Creek heading towards the sand dunes and beach. Our first planned water break on a very hot sunny day. On arrival at the beach we crossed a small stream of water; some jumped across but some took advantage of this and removed our socks and boots and walked the rest of the way bare foot and paddling in the surprisingly warm sea. This time we made no other stops until we reached the Wells beach huts and lighthouse. Once off the beach we had our lunch stop before completing the last mile and a half to Wells Harbour. A great 7 mile coastal walk using the coastal bus service.
Wayne and I were persuaded to do one third of the three peaks by our daughter Amanda who ran them all last year.
As we got back to the car Amanda said now we need to do the other two on another trip.
Contrary to the mid-week weather forecast, it was a lovely sunny day with only a moderate breeze. 14 of us set out on what turned out to be a 7?? mile walk with our first stop being at the church just outside Shouldham village. It was here that Judy & Joe cut short their walk leaving the dirty dozen to carry on. The lunch stop was just north of Marham village where a spot of sunbathing was the order of the day. From here it was a couple of miles back to the car to complete a pleasant 4 hour stroll in the sun.
I decided to do a familiar and favourite walk today from Grassington, through Grass Wood to Conistone and returning on the Dales Way. It was 7 miles with 1,120ft of ascent. It is a walk that I’ve done a couple of times before and is always enjoyable at whatever time of year and has a number of possible variations. It was quite warm today so I stuck with the conventional route and the quickest way back.
I remembered my map today and headed off to Settle on a lovely sunny morning to do a 6 mile walk with 1,300ft of ascent. It started with a steep climb of about 250ft which brought the reward of fine views of the surrounding hills including the 3 Peaks. There then followed a descent to the pretty village of Langcliffe before another climb to the top of Stainforth Scar. I made a small diversion to visit Catrigg Force before looping round back to Settle.
I set out today with the intention of doing a new walk from Settle but before I got there I realised that I’d left the map back in the caravan. I guess that this is what happens when one turns 60! Rather than going back, I diverted to Malham to do a 6 mile walk with 970ft of ascent that I knew like the back of my hand and could do without a map or GPS. This was the route that I took members of our group on a few years ago. From Malham I headed for Janet’s Foss where I came upon some teletubbies wading in the water. Why, I know not, as it wasn’t that hot. Leaving them to their bathing, I then headed for the scramble up Gordale Scar. As you can see there wasn’t too much water coming down so it was fairly easy, but it proved too much of a challenge for a guy behind me who I saw again later in the day. I stopped for a while just before the top of the Cove to watch a group of 6 or 7 young stoats playing by squeezing through the gaps in a drystone wall. Arriving at the top of Malham Cove there were the usual large groups of school children and day-trippers. I soon escaped from them by taking a less used route back to Malham.
It’s nearly two weeks since I finished my Coast to Coast epic and so I thought that I’d better get my legs going again with a 7 mile 1,600ft walk from Downham to the summit of Pendle Hill (1,820ft). I didn’t see any witches up there but there were a dozen or so walkers making it relatively busy for a Tuesday. The toilets at the start of the walk were a little unusual being a converted milking parlour (I think). Long range visibility from the top wasn’t the best, but I could see the “Yorkshire” 3 Peaks away in the distance.