This is a personal blog mainly to do with hillwalking things but with other stuff as well.....maybe the odd rant..
Monday, 22 November 2010
Wet Wandering in Weardale Without a Full Set of Gloves
At the last DVCRS** AGM, a couple of weeks ago, I volunteered to lead a few walks in the Durham County Council Guided walks programme for next summer. Durham CC has a big programme of guided walks with at least two walks every week, and often many more than that. And they’re very popular. So, I’ve planned out four walks altogether. The idea is that I’ll walk each of the routes over the next few dark and damp weeks and then present them to the volunteer co-ordinator with some dates and some background info, risk assessments and so on. I’ll need to walk the routes again just before they’re due to take place, just to make sure that the Cross Fell Mer de Glace hasn’t covered them up with a fresh layer of glacial drift or anything like that. Today was the turn of Walk #1, it being the first walk wot I did. This took place in heavy rain and a bit of hill-clag. And I lost one of the seal skin gloves I bought in Alston the other week. Bugger. Anybody know a one –handed person who just needs a left handed glove? They can have it. Its a good glove. Anyway – I started in Wolsingham, went up by the Elephant Trees, down to Bollihope and back along the riverside. The Elephant Trees have appeared in this blog before – but for anybody unfamiliar with them, they’re a group of trees on the Weardale skyline which probably once looked a bit like a group of elephants. Weardalers are very fond of them. They contain lots of romantic graffiti. And Bollihope has appeared on the blog, too. There’s a nice limestone quarry, with a pinnacle and some trial levels into the Slit Vein, a partially preserved lead mine complete with netty (toilet) and some extensive lime kilns and another quarry containing some Frosterly marble. And then there’s the river, with kingfishers, herons and jumping salmon. We both got wet and Bruno got to run around in the empty fields. And I lost me glove. Did I mention that? Anyway, its a good walk that works quite well. 11 Miles and 1100 feet of upness with mainly very easy walking. It’ll do. I need a glove shop. **DVCRS = Durham Voluntary Countryside Ranger Service
I am a retired NHS Personnel person. All I do nowadays is walk about.
I used to have my pet dog Bruno with me (in the front page pic). he was Superdawg but he died. Now I have Lucky the pup. He's a bit like Bruno, only smaller and more suspicious.