That opportunity was provided by Martin and Sue who generously provided for fifteen or so of us to spend two nights in the excellent Eastfield Lodge in Leyburn, the occasion being a celebration of Martin's GR11 conquest during the summer. Martin provided a superb stew on Friday evening and we all sat round in the lounge,where, if the wine may have been described as a lively river, the conversation would have been a full scale flood of uproarious anecdotes.
Saturday took us on a well planned walk in glorious weather out to Castle Bolton and Redmire, well that was really the Bolton Arms. Here we were joined by latecomer JJ who had parked up at Leyburn and masochistically run to Redmire.
On Saturday evening Martin treated us all to a superb meal at Thirteen in Leyburn.
A further walk was planned for Sunday and I am sure that will be reported on elsewhere.
A big thank-you goes to Martin and Sue for their generosity and brilliant planning. The weekend was undoubtedly enjoyed by all.
Long live blogging, the TGO (which I have never done), and all the hilly tick lists, some of which I am not ashamed to admit to being addicted.
Martin's excellent book, Another Pyrenean Adventure, recording his GR11 is available at modest cost if he has a few copies left - Click for Martin's blog You can contact him there via comments.
|Just a taste of the Autumn colours on our Saturday walk|
|JJ arrives at the Bolton Arms|
|Alan Sloman and I opted out of the visit to Castle Bolton - here is the mob catching us up again, we were too busy talking to walk faster|
|Our table at Thiteen|
On Sunday, because I was much more than halfway there from home, I was targeting two Marilyns in the Cleveland hills and afterwards to visit my younger brother who is very sadly in the advanced stages of Alzheimers and in a care-home near Scotch Corner.
|Early morning - just out of Leyburn|
|Viewfinder on the way to Cringle Moor (Drake Howe)|
|Still a lot more ups and downs to go - the two Marilyns covered 11 miles with 3257ft. of ascent|
|Cringle Moor summit|
|Urra Moor (Round Hill) summit. I asked a guy to take this - think he must have had the trembles as well as getting something in the way on the left hand edge|