Club Trip, Swaledale - Wednesday 14th June 2017.


On Wednesday 14th June 2017 five members went on a day trip to Swaledale in North Yorkshire, setting off from Morpeth just
after 7.30am and arriving in Reeth just before 9.30am.

In Reeth there was an opportunity to stretch our legs and capture some images of buildings surrounding the village green and a number of other items of interest, including some yellow bikes used to decorate the route of the 2014 Tour de France.

The group then travelled westward along Swaledale, stopping to capture images of the stone field barns, walls, sheep and wild flowers just outside Reeth and between Stands and Gunnerside, overlooking Gunnerside Meadows. This area has a high concentration of field barns of which there are said to be about 600 in Swaledale. Historically these were used for storing hay and housing small herds of cattle during the winter.

After continuing to the charming village of Muker, an early lunch was enjoyed before walking through the historic wildflower hay meadows behind the village. Here there were further opportunities to capture image of the limestone field barns, stone walls, wild flowers etc.

The group then travelled through Thwaite, stopping to admire the view along Swaledale from just outside Angram before reaching the last stop of the day in the hamlet of Keld. Here the opportunity was taken to explore and photograph two of the many waterfalls that are within a very short distance of this small village. Firstly the group went to Hoggarth’s leap, a wedding-cake type of fall, just upstream from the car park. After a walk back through the village and about 300m downstream the group visited East Gill Force where East Gill Beck tumbles into the River Swale, near the Pennine Way. This location provided the opportunity to take photographs of both the lower and the upper falls, with an impressive 15 foot (4.5m) drop.

The group then returned to the car park and finished a very enjoyable day with ice creams before returning to Morpeth, via Kirby Stephen due to the planned return route over Tan Hill being blocked by a large lorry that had got stuck when attempting to round a hairpin bend.

Thank you to Alan Harle, who did all the driving on the day; also to Karin Jackson and Dave Bisset, for providing some of the images accompanying this brief report.


Glyn Trueman