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Message posted by heather + phil on 17/11/2013 at 9:35am
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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to drive up to the Yorkshire Dales and spend a couple of days doing some walking and camping.
I managed to park at Grassington and found myself walking to Kettlewell along the Dales Way route. It was a lovely bright day and I thought I would make my way onto Hawswick Clowder, but changed my mind when I saw the lovely view I could have of Kettlewell in the evening.
I settled for a spot near a trig pillar and cooked a nice tea of rice, pork and veg stir-fry, all washed down with a cup of tea and whisky. Then I settled in my bag for the night. This is when the wind decided to whip up a frenzy, lasting the whole night, and it lashed it down with rain. I'm surprised my shelter didn't blow away and performed rather well, although it did look a little ragged in the morning.
This is when I knew I should be getting up, so very reluctantly, I squeezed out of my bag and got dressed. The wind was ice cold and my legs were sticking out of the shelter. It didn't take long before I was feeling the cold and after much effort, I got my trangia to fire up. It took ages for the water to boil and I thought I would cook breakfast when I came down from the moors.
After packing up, I found the Hawswick path and discovered an old quarry which was perfect for a camp (DOH!!) and cooking breakfast, so I had some bacon rolls and set off for Kettlewell.
From Kettlewell, I took a trail which got me on Slatepit Rigg. I made my way to Capplestone Gate, then made my way back onto Dales Way, and finally my starting point at the beautiful village of Grassington.
It was a very interesting area with bell pits, lime kilns and shake holes, as well as breath taking views. I had promised myself that I would do more walking in this area and it didn't disappoint.
Kettlewell at night
Disused mines nr Capplestone Gate
I could put loads more pics up, but I'll leave at at that. Thanks for looking.
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