Saturday 15 August 2015

Over the top

As hoped, today's sun and the wind had got to work early on the sodden grass, and the conditions ("sunny intervals") were ideal for our circular walk out from Gargrave.

Southwards along the Pennine Way, looking out over the Yorkshire Dales, to where a different path would cut across country.

Then around to the bottom two locks of the Bank Newton flight, which proved a good spot for out picnic. Back along the towpath to Erin Mae – about 5 miles in all. The kids managed it all really well.

After a short break, a visit to the ice-cream van by Highland lock was in order, and then down through the village again to the recreation area alongside the River Aire. It's spectacular.

The children made friends with Honey, played ball with her, and chatted with her owner Carol. That was a really nice encounter.

Sam and Theo explored the stepping stones 50 yards downstream.

Walking on water hasn't been so much fun for 2000 years.

Then Sam, who'd said he certainly wasn't going in the river, rolled up his shorts and did just that.

Grandparents were happy to act as health and safety wardens, while Elissa read her book (she's into the "Warriors" series, and there are a great many of them to get through).

A bout of tree climbing finished off the afternoon, and five bodies feel well exercised. We've had a good day!


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