We had a fair day for the Weardale walk that appeared in a blog post a week or so ago. Along with the stewards – Doug, Dave and Richard, we had 16 walkers, half of whom, it would appear, are also DVCRS rangers on a jolly. (A picture of one of them, Neville, appears at the top of this post)
We had a good walk, it failed to rain and nobody died, although a grouse chick maybe came a bit close… In fact, people seemed to be in fairly high spirits most of the time, so I think they enjoyed it.
So we went up the heavingly steep hill to Chatterley Farm, along to the Efelent Trees, down to Fine Gill for lunch with the hungry midgies, further down to Bollihope for a nice ramble to Harehope Mine and a look at the orchids, cowboy pass, chickens, mine shop, Frosterley Marble and Harehope Quarry, eventually, back to Wolsingham. 11 miles altogether.
So that’s it for the Elephant Trees for a while. I’ve five more rangering reccy and adopt-a-path walks to do in the next few days, around Crook, Weardale and Baldersdale. And then there’s the wet thing, of course…….
No more Elephant Trees for a while, though – phew….