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2016 511.9 miles

2015 801.1 miles

2014 909.3 miles

2013: 1229.2 miles

2012: 1241.6 miles

2011: 1080.9 miles

7 May 2009-31 Dec 2010: 1734.4 miles

Current boots
 
GS3 - 561.1 miles

GS3: New pair of Grisport Storm, bought 7.5.14.
 

Discarded boots

MWA2 Mountain Warehouse Adventurer "waterproof" fabric boots. Replacements for faulty pair 18.9.14. Lasted 172 miles before fabric shredded on instep.
MWA _ Mountain Warehouse Adventurer "waterproof" fabric boots. (bought £27 22.8.14, eyelet pulled out 17.9.14 and exchanged for new pair. Lasted 55.6 miles)
KM2 - Karrimor Mount. Will I ever learn? 2nd pair bought (£32.99 30.7.14). "Waterproof" but soaked by heather during 1st trip 31.7.14.
AF  - Cheap (£16.99) Aldi fabric boots, first used 30.4.14. Sole peeled off one boot 29.7.14 after 197.6 miles.
GS - Grisport Storm (leather) - comfortable and inexpensive boots that wore well. On 20.1.14, after 1593.2 miles, the right boot cracked, probably prematurely because it had been dried in heat too often.
GS2: New pair of Grisport Storm, first used 6.1.13. Retired 10.1.16, when sole and upper seemed about to part company, after 1628.1 miles.
MLT: Mountain Warehouse Traveller, bought 17.6.13. Budget-priced fabric boots. Labelled "waterproof" but soaked through on second outing. On 4.9.13, the left boot suddenly split close to where the upper joins the sole.  The inner structure of the left heel had previously given cause for concern.  Wrecked after only 205.2 miles. Obtained full refund from Mountain Warehouse.
KM: *Karrimor Mount - rubbish quality fabric boots that developed holes in the side fabric after less than 180 miles of wear. 
I thereafter wore them only in dry weather until the holes weakened the fabric too much, and I finally dumped them after 375.7 miles.
MLA: Mountain Life Alpine (fabric), bought 17.2.12 - they have a large tab saying "waterproof" on them, but after about 180 miles, they started soaking up water. 26.4.12: 433 miles: I was reproofing these when I discovered that the adhesive holding the sole of one boot to the upper had separated for about three inches.  Sealed with impact adhesive, but ineffective, so discarded.
 

General walks 2010

April 1-June 30

January 1-March 31

July 1-September 30

October 1- December 31

June 27
Thornton le Dale/Dalby Forest
11.2 miles
Richard leads
Circular walk in the forest in very hot weather, led by Richard.

June 23
Wharram/Fairy Dale
I lead Les and Bob
11 miles
Climbed barbed wire into Fairy Dale, inspected tunnel south portal, visited Fairy Stones, left over private land at end of Fairy Dale.  Walked along (private) Honey Dale and Back Dale to return via Wharram Percy.

June 21
Wharram/Fairy Dale
Solo
3 miles
Preparation for leading Wednesday's walk.

June 20
Birks Brow
Sunday Group, led by Margaret Atkinson.
9.8 miles.
Maureen missed this because of her bad back.

June 16
Port Musgrave
Wednesday group, led by Phil
9.9 miles
Very warm.  Scramble along beach at low tide to Staithes, then inland.


Pictures by Bob.

June 9

Fangdale Beck/Bilsdale
Wednesday group, led by Bob.
10.9 miles
Misty day with rain in the air, but little manifestation beyond sparse showers.  Bob's grandson accompanied us.

May 26

Whinstone Ridge
Wednesday group, led by Les
10 miles
Fascinating walk along the excavated Whinstone Ridge.  Illicit use of a holiday cottage's garden bench for lunch, then a last minute visit to the gated entrance of a whinstone mine adit.

20 May
Terrington
Thursday group, led by Margaret
7 miles

May 19
Wednesday group
As below, leading Bob and Les
9.7 miles

May 16
Chop Gate-Cold Moor-Lord Stones-Chop Gate
Solo
10.3 miles

View of Chop Gate, just before my descent.

May 12
Great Ayton
Wednesday group
Led by Phil
10.5 miles

Lots of ups and downs as the four of us (Phil, Les, Bob and I) walked from Great Ayton, up Roseberry Topping, to the Hanging Stone, and finally to Captain Cook's Monument, before returning to "go".

Just before lunch, the sunshine was interrupted by a hailstorm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 9 2010
Egton Bridge
Sunday RA
Led by Judy
9.5 miles

May 6 2010
Hob Hole - Baysdale circuit
Thursday group
7.1 miles
Led by Margaret


11 walkers, on a cool day, set off from Hob Hole.  We diverted away from the rights of way as we approached Baysdale Abbey, where we had lunch on the old bridge.  

May 5 2010
Bonfield Gill
Wednesday group
12.4 miles
Led by Bob.  Les present.

Very hard walking through heather at times. We went astray through carelessness while nattering towards the start.

My fabric boots are nearing the end of their useful lives, with abrasions developing into splits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2 2010
Glaisdale
Sunday RA
10 miles
Led by Les and Margaret

 

April 29 2010
Hole of Horcum
Thursday group
7.5 miles
Led by Irene

Maureen and I walked in fine weather in a group of seven, having lunch at Newton Tower.  We walked down the hole, then above Newtondale.

April 28 2010
Horn Ridge/Farndale
Wednesday group
11.3 miles
Led by Les

Terrific walk with Les, Bob and Phil.

Les planned a route over non-public land to take us up to the access land on Horn Ridge in Farndale.

The views from the ridge are superb.

I inadvertently took one of Maureen's boots and one of mine, so I walked in my street shoes with no problems.

A really exhilarating day in mild, occasionally sunny weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below: On Horn Ridge

April 25 2010
Rosedale
RA Sunday
11.4 miles
Led by Ray

Saw my first live adder, which was sunning itself on a path on the moor, and which slithered away after being photographed. Followed by tea in the tea shop in Rosedale.

April 22 2010
Coneysthorpe
Thursday group
7.6 miles
Led by Anne

April 21 2010

Battersby-Castleton
10.5 miles
RA Wednesday
I lead Phil, Les, Bob

 

 

April 18 2010
Snainton
9.75 miles
RA Sunday, led by Judy Trafford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 14 2010
Farndale circular
Wednesday group, Led by Bob, with Les and Margaret
10.6 miles

April 12 2010
Kildale-Castleton linear (using train)
Solo
12.2 miles

April 11 2010
Scalby
Led by Peter (RA Sunday)
11.1 miles

April 8 2010
Cropton
Led by Margaret Ingham
4.1 miles

April 7 2010
Byland Abbey - Helmsley
Led by Phil (Wednesday group)
11.1 miles

We caught a bus from Helmsley to Byland Abbey and set off in fine but overcast weather at about 10.20am.

Plentiful mud accompanied us underfoot as we headed north, stopping en route at an intriguing chapel at Scots Corner, built by a local sculptor, John Horlock, to commemorate those who died in the second world war.  I discovered later that his daughter, Madeleine, had written a best-selling book, The Acre, about the project.

We took an informal route beside a field and through Flassen Dale.

Lunch was taken at a picnic table beside the ponds in Nettle Dale.

April 4 2010
Wharram/Burdale
Solo
11.1 miles

Fascinating walk exploring the remains of the Malton-Driffield railway in the area of Wharram.

I parked at the Wharram Percy car park, then walked through the tree belt above Burdale Tunnel, and inspected the northern portal and the two air shafts.

The cutting leading to the portal was flooded and the sides were very slippy.

I began to walk along the road beside Fairy Dale in the hope of finding a means of descent to check the southern portal, but barbed wire was discouraging, and after about half a mile, I turned back, discouraged.

Next I mainly followed the Centenary Way to Thixendale, where I took a break for coffee from my flask, before continuing to the abandoned medieval village of Wharram Percy, where I had lunch.

The trackbed of the old railway was followed north to Wharram Station.  I diverted en route to inspect the remains of trackside hoppers, where stone from Wharram Quarry was dumped into railway trucks.

 

 

 


The northern portal of the tunnel.


The most northerly air shaft, in the tree belt.


The second air shaft, at the southern edge of the tree belt, has collapsed.


The third air shaft is in a small copse in a field south of the tree belt (see setting below).

 

April 1 2010
Farndale
Margaret Ingham
3.1 miles

I forgot to take Maureen's boots, so she set off in muddy conditions in her casual boots.

As might have been expected, she slipped and fell badly on wet grass, and we returned to the car.