A r g h , I ' m 3 0 !
16th - 22nd July 2006
How did that happen?
One minute you're 20. Your hair might be thinning already, but you can have a beer and lie back and be glad you're not a teenager any more, and life is good. Then you get a job, have a few more beers, and before you know it 10 years have passed
I chucked my bike and boots in the car, pre-ordered some sunshine, and blackmailed some friends to join me for outdoors adventures in The Dales. Click the pics to bigerer makerer.
Spud generously ran away from work for the week too. We warmed up on a Garsdale - Dentdale loop.
Monday - Tuesday
A 1 ½ day loop North out across the Howgills, with an overnight bivvy, across to the Green Dragon in Wensleydale, and back via The Moorcock (well it was my birthday).
Our planned rest day got ditched in favour of going to the beach. The one I'd heard about on top of Wild Boar Fell. Via a limestone waterfall, and a canyon, and Swarth Fell. With 0 footpaths and 0 other people.
Day 5 in the Big Brother house, and Bill has joined the gang. For today's task, Big Brother has asked the housemates to shop at Keswick in the Lake District, and go for a walk from the Castlerigg stone circle.
It's out with the bikes again, and a drive over to try the new North Face trail at Grizedale forest. It's short and fast and not very difficult (unless you don't use your brakes), so only the 1 ride photo today. Link it up with the existing bridleways to make a better ride. I'm happy to report that the sarnies at the Grizedale visitor centre are still excellent.
With Rik, Jo and Andy now in attendance, we headed out for everyone's first ever caving/potholing session at Alum Pot and the Long Churn caves. Thanks to Tony Flanagan of Dales Ventures for an excellent introduction to crawling around inside wet rocks. The camera would have been trashed so I've 'borrowed' some pics of where we went...
And ... r e l a x
With thanks to Ma & Pa for their Garsdale venue, excellent food, drink and hospitality, and pub chauffeuring skills.
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Dales Ventures - nice caving people
The North Face trail at Grizedale - the natural trails are just as good though