A walk to Airton

Today was a walking day and we managed nearly nine miles to Airton and back via Bell Busk. There were six of us in the party, with Liz and Robert and their friend’s Lesley and Ken. These four have been friends and walking buddies over many years.

Part of the walk followed the Pennine Way; there was some lane walking and some crossing of the wide rolling Dales fields. A small section was on a narrow winding road near Newfield Hall. Fortunately any cars that came along were driving responsibly. We didn’t have quite as much luck as on previous days and the three bouts of rain were cold and heavy. Alan and I hadn’t taken our waterproof overtrousers so ended up with very wet legs. We really must get some good lightweight walking trousers as the others were wearing. The rain meant that some of the fine views were obscured with a grey drizzle but it was magnificent when the rain cleared.

Highlights were the very attractive village of Airton with a fine mill conversion offering tempting apartments for sale, the walk along the River Aire bubbling on its way to Gargrave and the sighting of a pair of oystercatchers. One of the pair was very noisily defending a nest and in doing so gave us a fine display of its patterned plumage. There was another aerial display from a hedge hopping Tornado.

It is Robert’s birthday so this evening they have kindly invited us to join them for a meal at the Maypole Pub in Long Preston. Its apparently very deservedly popular so we are looking forward to our night out.

At Crag Laithe trig point

The river Aire

Oystercatcher

Tranquillity

Statistics so far:-

2576.84 Miles, 1519 Locks, 137 Swing Bridges, 90 Lift Bridges, 45 Tunnels

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