2011 August 26-30
This London IVC Mountain and Moorland ("M & M") August Bank Holiday Weekend away break, capably organised by Adrian, and ably supported by walk organisers (Alan and the two Johns) and culinary professional (Jason) and many more, took in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
We had three quite relaxing walks, of about 10 to 12 miles each.
In fact, we took in a different "peak" every day, starting on Saturday with Whernside, at 736 m,
the highest in the Yorkshire Dales. Sunday's walk had us scaling Ingleborough, which at 724 m,
is probably the second highest in the Yorkshire Dales - I say "probably" because nobody on the web
seems to state this.
Having given the heights above sea level, we should admit that these first two walks started from
the front door of our bunk house - "The Old School House" - which was already about 290 m above sea level.
Pen-y-ghent, which at 694 m is probably the third highest peak in the Yorkshire Dales,
was easily accessed from the little village of Horton, itself at about 240 m above sea level.
(I have produced a table which tries to put all these heights into
One of the special attractions of the Yorkshire Dales is that they do not receive as many visitors as The Lake District or The Peak District; hence the Dales give one more the feeling of wide open spaces - open to the sky and the elements. The elements were reasonably benign to us, except for some rain towards the end of day one and a fair bit of wind on top on day two. More-or-less right for walking - not too hot, not too cold.
As with all London IVC "M & M" Weekends, evening meals on the three full days were in-house. These in-house "dining get-togethers" foster a sense of community and are a nice way of revisiting and exchanging our experiences of the day that has just been, and of anticipating the day to come. Jason - as on many London IVC "M & M" weekend breaks - performed the culinary honours with his accustomed organisational skills. This time, Jason was ably assisted by John D. and others.
The pictorial descriptions that follow, echo some of my experiences. I would in no way claim that these pages give a complete description of the visit. On the technical side, I sometimes made the cardinal error of photographing into the sun. However, my new 12MP camera appears to be a less capable beastie than my previous 7.2MP machine. (You can, no doubt, see a moral in this statement).
Once again, especial thanks to Adrian for the organisation and Alan and the two Johns for leading the walks. Also thanks to Jason, John D and asssistants for the cooking. They all freely drew on their time, resources and experience, to give us all some nice days in an interesting part of England. Thanks, of course, also to the car drivers and all who contributed to this - yet another - successful London IVC "M & M" away break.
Here are some related topics to give you a further idea of our IVC "M & M" extended Bank Holiday weekend and also to look ahead to possibilities for further venues for future "M & M" trips. Thoughts of the Lake District and especially the Western Highlands loom large here! Mountains, here we come!