Thursday, 24 April 2014

A Swaledale Wander

Sunday 23rd March 2014 

A riverside walk along the River Swale in sunshine and hail showers 

Distance: 6km; Ascent: 110m; Sunshine & hail; with Lynsey, Isabel, Olivia, John, Steph, Sierra & Jack
See tracked route in new window

After spending the night at the YHA's Grinton Lodge hostel, we decided to go for a walk in nearby Swaledale.  We set off walking just after 11am from near Maiden Castle and headed down the road to pick up a pleasant footpath eastwards down the dale.

Looking west up Swaledale
Heading east down Swaledale
It was lovely and sunny today and out of the wind it actually felt quite warm!  Whilst the weather was good we stopped for a picnic down by the River Swale, before continuing on eastwards.  The good weather wasn't to last and soon we were walking in full waterproofs due to the arrival of a very heavy hail storm!

River Swale
Luckily the hail and rain didn't last for long and we were soon back in the sunshine :-)  At the end of the footpath, Lynsey and Steph headed into Grinton village with the children whilst John and I walked back along the road to retrieve the cars, before we all adorned to the pub before heading home after a lovely weekend.


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