April Newsletter and Drive it Day Route

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    Roger Sunderland
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    Thanks go to David for organising the visit to the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team. A fascinating visit, well presented by Pete Bell, showing exactly what they are asked to assist with during the year. Not all wintery moorland rescues by any means. In fact the breadth of activities was amazing. If anyone has an ‘in’ to this kind of visit for the future please speak up.

    After the meeting it was decided that the ‘Drive it Day’ run would go south in a big loop to take in the western dales and a couple of stops for purchasing cheese and having lunch.

    So the day starts with departing the Red Lion at 1030 sharp followed by a pick up at Selset reservoir entrance and then on to Brough, Kirby Stephen (fuel available here), Sedbergh and then the Devil’s Bridge near Kirby Lonsdale. Here we turn left onto the A65 (unfortunate, but necessary) and drive to the Courtyard Dairy at Austwick (LA2 8AS for satnav) for a quick half hour visit to the shop and cheese museum. The cafe here is very small and busy so if you want to eat here you will probably have to wait. We then retrace our route for a couple of miles to turn off to Austwick where I have prebooked a table for 10 at the Game Cock pub at 1230 (satnav LA2 8BB). When we meet at Selset I shall phone our numbers to confirm table size required. We may be parked outside the pub, but if not the village can be very busy so it will be each man, or woman, for themselves! The intention after lunch is to continue north through the dales past Ribblehead and Hawes to Tan Hill (satnav DL11 6ED) for a swift half/coffee/tea before heading home.

    The route is about 130 miles give or take and given decent weather is a lovely scenic run.

    See you there.

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