Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Celebration on a misty day

Sunday 20th Nov.2011
             It's our usual Sunday walk with our friends and today we walked in the Craven countryside in Malham Dale about 12 miles from home on a typical misty overcast When we found a spot for lunch on the banks of the Otterburn Beck, Ian and Lorna produced a bottle of Champagne out of their rucksack to drink a toast to their second grandchild, a granddaughter... Isla  Poppy. Looking back to an older blog 21 months ago we drank a similar toast to their first grandson.... how time flies.

                           Feb 7th 2010 ....How time flies
The walk continued along Kirksyke Lane to Airton and back along the banks of the River Aire southwards on the Pennine Way to where it leaves the River Aire to climb up over Eshton Moor.

                                        Otterburn Beck

                Still a bit of Autumn colour along the banks of the Aire

This is a lovely stretch of the River Aire and now that the river has cleaned up enough to again hold Salmon and Sea Trout in its lower reaches if they build the fish passes in Leeds this will allow the Salmon and Sea Trout to spawn in this prestine spawning gravel along this stretch of the river.

The Pennine Way now crosses the higher ground of Eshton Moor where there are few features and landmarks. Here we lost the indistinct path in the thick hill mist so we turned right down off the moor to bring our selves back into familiar surroundings. The walk including the detour was 9 miles, I blame the Champagne for getting a little lost.


  1. Can't be bad a good walk, and champagne as well!.
    cheers Colin.

  2. A special location for your toast to a new life! What wonderful images to follow. I especially love the last three. Wishing you a good weeeknd :-)

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