18th to 20th August 2017
Andre, Val, Carol, Alan, Ron, Clive, Terry (NM), Paul, Phil, Lance.
Unfortunately for various reasons Alan, Carol and Paul have had to back down. One replacement, Bob,has been invited to join by Ron. Ron and Bob will be travelling up later.
So those setting off from The Keel are: Andre, Val, Clive, Terry, Phil and Lance.
The route north was for the first section a regular one, out on the Hemsworth bypass and through Ponte towards Castleford then onwards and upwards either side of the A1(m) through Aberford and around Wetherby up to Knaresborough where we stopped for a short time for Val to have her coffee. After 20 or so minutes it was up to Riply, through Kirby Malzeard, Masham to Leyburn where Clive took the lead to lead us to a lunch break at Manor Farm Café. They do a great full English!!
After the food Terry, who had been invited by Clive, was suffering from severe hand cramp so they decided to head for the main roads in order to get to ‘The Sill’ whilst the remaining 4 due to a road closure and its diversion managed to get back on the planned route via Reeth and the Stang Top crossing the A66 to Barnard Castle. BC had its normal queues to get through which brought us onto the B6278 towards Middleton in Teesdale before turning off towards Stanhope and points north. What an outstanding road, devoid of traffic and a beauty to ride full of flowing curves and fantastic scenery. We passed through Hexham and on up to the B6318 to ‘The Sill’ (aka the Once Brewed Youth Hostel). The weather was good without any of the expected rain and the tail end of hurricane Gert.
The four of us were the first to arrive and so after booking in with the ever cheerful Harriette we bagged the bottom bunks. Val meantime refused the odour of her room mates and was given a room to herself, wish I had known that. The others finally arrived as one group and we all sorted sleeping arrangements out. Most of us had brought something to eat for tea to heat up in the self catering kitchen, Clive had brought some microwave meals but had a slight 40 minute error in reading the instructions, so it was then out to the pub for some liquid refreshment.at Twice Brewed.
Up bright and early to have breakfast and decide where to go and who wants to do what. As it turns out Rons friend Bob, who is a youth hostel virgin, was up all night due to my snoring? I didn’t hear a thing. Anyway he decided that he was going home which unfortunately meant that Ron escorted him home and was unable to return. Clive and Terry decided rather than walk the wall due to knee problems would prefer to go for a ride out and had a great time up to Hawick and a way back, they were out all day. The remaining 4, Val, Lance, Chaingang and myself were off to walk the wall. The weather forecast was terrible but in reality we had a great DRY time all day.
We walked along to the Sycamore gap (from Robin Hood fame) and carried on to Housesteads roman fort. By this time some of us were knackered and so managed to catch the bus back to the hostel, some of us had a bus pass so it was free travel, otherwise £2.50, he he.As we still had the afternoon to sort out Lance thought it a good idea to walk the mile to Vindolanda roman fort, it seemed more like 2 miles to me and I was totally wasted. Three of the four of us paid to get in but there were 4 of us inside the fort when we met up? This site is well worth a longer visit as the museum has a fantastic display of roman artifacts and I don’t mean Chaingang. The slight rain and feeling knacked meant a bus ride back to the hostel, bus pass or £2.50?
As most didn’t have supplies for an evening meal we retired to the pub for the evening for food and refreshment. Nice cider and beer was had by all.
Weather was fine and the wind had died down to a slight breeze, after breakfast Clive and Terry made their own way south whist the remaining 4 of us set out after first topping up for fuel set out to Haydon Bridge and then by various B and unclassified roads to Killin and via Middleton to Brough, Kirby Stephen and stopping at Hawes for a welcome cheese tasting session etc. from there it was the rather modified route via, oughtershaw, kettlewell, Grassington, Blubberhouses, North Rigton Harewood the A1(m) etc to home.
Outbound 165 miles Homeward 163 miles
KMZ Log Files
Interested in the route taken for the trip, please find below links to the KMZ log files. These files can be loaded into Google Earth to see an overview of the route taken.
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