David Lewis has sent me this report.
Thirty-one members (and one guest) spent a most enjoyable week-end (11th – 13th March) staying at Newfield Hall, a 4 star HF hotel a few miles south of Malham, and completed A and B walks in the area on both the Saturday and the Sunday. All agreed that the hotel meals were exceptionally good as was the service and general comfort.
The A walk on Saturday was a 12 mile circular from the hotel led by Audrey Hibbert who said that she had last reccied it 13 years ago,so it was just as well that Audrey had her trusty GPS on the day.
After a short stretch on the road the group of 9 took to the fields north of the hotel, and after the hamlet of Calton headed up Foss Gill on to Calton Moor. The crossing of Foss Gill via ‘Iris’s Bridge’ is shown in the photographs. The half way high point was reached at Weets Top (414 metres) where there is a trig point with a wall built immediately alongside ( we wondered which came first, but Barbara who is a bit of an authority on trig points reckoned it can’t have been the wall !) Here we sheltered from the chilly breeze behind the wall and had our lunch.
The downhill return crossed a very boggy Hanlith Moor which had to be negotiated with considerable skill. However David L, short on skill on the day, managed to pull a groin muscle 9 giving him an excuse not to lead the walk as planned on the Sunday).
Passing through the pretty hamlet of Hanlith, we joined the Pennine Way where it follows the river Aire for several attractive miles. On reaching Airton about a mile from home we sought out the tea shop for a well earned break, several of us sampling their delicious blackberry ice cream ( photos of Sue and Maureen enjoying this).