Sunday, 5 July 2009

Monday 29 June

The day commenced with fog, like yesterday. We weren’t fazed and set forth at 11 am, for an 11 mile hike to Moresdale and Langthwaite. About an hour into the walk, the sun set to work on burning away the murk, and it duly succeeded. We headed north out of Hurst to Schoolmaster Pasture, then west across Moresdale Head. Lots of grouse, (dead) rabbits and other creatures. Parts of the moorland have been burned deliberate to promote new growth in heather. As we reached Stoney Man, on the boundary of the North Yorkshire Dales National Park, the sun comes out. We pass along the headwaters above Langthwaite, then come out through old mineworkings far above Arkengarthdale. In spite of the still limited visibility, quite impressive views up and down the dale. We descend towards Langthwaite, through the village of Booze (no joke) after a break for lunch. It gets quite warm as we arrive into Langthwaite and duly dive into the Red Lion pub for some refreshments. By 2.45 we resume our trek, back to Hurst. It involves a steep ascent onto old mineworkings at the northern end of Fremington Edge. As we leave the National Park, the chimneys near Hurst duly hove into view. At 4.15, we return to Shiney Row and a welcome cup of tea. Dinner is sweet & sour chicken.

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