The mist was hanging over the hills as we set off on the ‘A’ party walk led by Margaret Bevan. She set a brisk pace as we followed field paths to Sedbusk. Here we turned east to follow the contours of the valley before dropping down to Bainbridge where we stopped for lunch by the village green. The weather had brightened up a shade with occasional patches of blue sky but rain was never far away. After lunch we followed a path alongside the River Bain to the bridge at Countersett. We now had a steep climb to cross Cam High Road, an old Roman Road and then a few muddy sections as we dropped down to Burtersett. It had now started to rain but the going was easy, except for the many very narrow squeeze stiles as we made our way to Gayle. The final section was along the Pennine Way back into Hawes in time for a nice pint of Theakstons Bitter.
As we relaxed with our pint we looked out of the window to see hundreds of sheep being driven up the High Street causing chaos to the traffic. This was not the effect of the beer, it was real, and apparently quite an unusual sight.
Many thanks to Gordon Thomas for the photos.