Friday, 30 September 2011

Pateley Bridge, day two

August 15, 2011

After breakfast, all the girls went to the play park, while I made the picnic ready for our walk, I also sat in the sun reading a book, I have not done much of that this year. It was starting to get towards lunch time, so I went looking for the girls but they were just on their way back.

We left the campsite by the side gate to the side of the river nidd turned left and then crossed over onto the opposite bank (Dot and I had done this walk to Wath before so knew the best way). The path is along the route of the old Nidd Valley Light Railway and basically follows the river Nidd to Wath (where there is a pub, the Sportsmans Arms).


With it being so late, the girls wanted their picnic as soon as we set off but we made them wait, until we had done at least part of the walk. We had a camera each and had a competition to see who could take a photo of the most unusual thing long the way. We didn't get many photos but it kept their minds off food for a bit.

When it was time for food we couldn't find anywhere to sit, the ground was wet and there are no seats along the path. Eventually, about forty-five minutes into the walk, we found a tumbled down wall to sit on and had the picnic there.


We where just outside Wath and I wanted a beer in the Sportsmans Arms, so I hurried everyone along, as I had the feeling it would close soon for the afternoon (I also had a feeling it might not be open at all). We got there just in time and had our drinks outside in the hot sun.

  Refreshments  Rest Time 
The girls had had enough walking but we convinced them to go a bit further to Gouthwaite reservoir, we had not got that far last time we did the walk. It was only a short walk and there is a lovely old dam there but you can not get a good photo of it. Also the walk across the top of Gouthwaite Dam is gated and locked off, bit of a shame really, as it would have been good to walk over.

Gouthwaite Dam  Gouthwaite Dam

The girls really were tired of walking by now, so we headed back, we walked the same way we came and promised them they could play in the river when we found a suitable place. Its nice to have a splash about on a hot day.  We arrived back at the campsite, not too wet and even though the girls were supposed to be warn out, they still had enough energy to go and play in the park.

River Nidd

As for the photo comp, I think I won, with a fungus and dragonfly.

Fungus  Dragonfly

BBQ supper, you have to make the most of it when the sun is out.

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