|On September 1st, Dave Brooks led a well-attended walk around Cringley Hill. He says, "This was the first SWAAG walk since the 2019 lockdown and it was good to be out and about again with friends. 10 of us altogether set out across Reeth Low Moor around Cringley Hill and down Foregill back to the Arkengarthdale Road and a final steep ascent up Raw Bank back to the cars. Along the route Les Knight explained the geology, geomorphology and lead mining activities. Sue Knight had us all enthralled - and some of us on our hands and knees - as she explained the mysteries of lichens, and I described the archaeology and showed a few interesting sites, even if we were not sure what they were. It was a great day out and I hope we can begin more regular walks in the coming months. Watch the diary for announcements"
On September 12th Ric Carter led a walk starting at Downholme. We visited the small and peaceful St Michael's church, which has a hidden Celtic stone head built into one of the walls. We saw Howe Hill, site of an Iron Age settlement and wandered down an ancient track with relict hedgerows; a good crop of sloes and elderberries this year. It was a perfect Sunday amble in excellent company. We ended where we had started, outside the pub.
Many thanks to Dave and Ric for organising these walks and to Louise Baltesz for images.