Keld to Reeth - 22 km, 300 metres ascent, 6.2 hours.
(A and D - 14 km)
Car logistics were easier today. It was a simple case of driving up Swaledale, dropping off A and D at Muker and continuing to the campsite beyond Keld to leave our car for the day.
The walking was picturesque and simple:
● head down to Keld then Muker then Gunnerside then Healaugh then Reeth, keeping as close as possible to the north bank of the River Swale;
● humour Sue as she tries to head off in the wrong direction on a borrowed tractor, yelling "AlanR where are you";
● enjoy the lovely scenery between Keld and Muker, including a number of waterfalls;
● catch up with A and D near Gunnerside, before coffee and cake outside the local café - really excellent parsnip cake;
● continue on this glorious day after early fog, to a fine lunch spot before reaching an ancient bridge;
● leave A and D to enjoy their 14 km amble to Healaugh whilst speeding on to collect car number two from Reeth;
● pause in Healaugh to finish flask of tea and admire the 'wasp man' Rob digging out wasps nests, from which the grubs will be used as bait for trout fishing;
● still in Healaugh, admire the rows of rabbits in 'Ron the Rabbit's' car, proudly guarded by a couple of ferrets - "£1.30 each" said Ron;
● admire during the course of the day - heron, mallards, dippers, wrens, starlings, willow warblers, kestrels, and swallows getting ready to migrate;
● tea and cake at Cambridge House, courtesy of Robert and Sheila - an immaculate B&B;
● dinner at the Buck (thank you A and D) and an amusing confusion between mustard and custard on the part of one of the Polish staff who suggested Dale might like mustard on his chocolate tart;
● Anna's bemused look when she thought she was being referred to as a chocolate tart.
Enough of this rubbish. Tomorrow is another busy day, so my report may be delayed...