Feb 14 2010

The Blue Bell – Kettlewell

The first of the 33 (one day to become 40) peaks had been completed and as the troops descended Great Whernside back into Kettlewell, one of the advantages of this village, is that we had a choice of pubs to frequent. With no actual science employed, it was decided that the Blue Bell Inn would be today’s choice. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 14 2010

Walk 1: Great Expectations

Sweet Hill as seen from just below Hag Dyke

route: great whernside from kettlewell
date: 14th february 2010
distance: 5.8 miles
ascent: 1,668 feet
time: 3 hrs 45 mins
walkers: becka, carol, charlie, darren, dave, graham, helen, leanne, mick, roger, sandra & simon

I was feeling excited and nervous when I woke. I don’t know if it was the fact it was Valentines Day and I may not have purchased the right kind of gifts for my beloved, or if it was the fact that for the first time ever I was about to go walking in the snow. I tended not to do much walking, with my only real involvement being a successful Yorkshire 3 peaks charity walk as well as three failed attempts. The success was in my younger more athletic days, and anyone who knows me will know that athletic isn’t really the word, unless sloths have their own Olympic games. Anyway back to the here and now. I had decided to attempt to walk all the Yorkshire Dales peaks over 2000ft in 2010 and had found there were 33 of them (I would later discover there were more). The plan was for myself and my better half to do them all, with friends coming along whenever they were free, or fancied struggling up a hillside with us. I had pencilled in the dates for all the walks in advance so we could keep our diary free and avoid easy excuses of having something planned. It had sounded like a great idea when we had been discussing it in late 2009, but now the day was upon us and things seemed a little more real. Read the rest of this entry »