20th November 2015 Rylstone Memorial Walk

After we unloaded the car yesterday from our shopping trip we went over to see Geoff for a guided tour of his lovely new van. He had only had it two weeks and it had that lovely smell you get from a nice new vehicle. We had a cup of coffee and a good chat as we hadn’t seen him for a while and a lot had happened since we last met. We decided that evening to go out for a meal at The Gamekeeper’s Inn. It is only a ten minute walk so very handy for those staying on site here at Wharfedale. The food was good as were the beers and during the evening we had decided a few walks to do as Geoff new the area quite well.

Anyone who visits the Caravan Club site here in Wharfedale will probably come in along the A65 to Skipton before turning off onto the B6265 Grassington Rd. Once on this road you cannot help but notice on the right a ridge line. On the top you first see a large cross and a bit further on an obelisk. As I drove to site this time and also when we last visited in 2013  I wondered whether there was a walk along the ridge. I found one on the internet called the Rylstone Memorial walk (6.6miles) and it was this that Geoff and I decided to do today.

We drove out to the start and finish point, a lay-by just on the edge of Rylstone to begin the walk.

Anyone wanting to do this walk the details can be found here….. Rylstone Memorial Walk

We walked this in a clockwise direction and the steep bit up to the Obelisk was hard going on the thighs and lungs so bear this in mind if you decide to do it. If I were to do it again I would do it anti-clockwise as it would be a more gentle climb to the summit and the way down from the obelisk easier…….enjoy????

As we neared the finish we watched a farmer on his quad bike moving, with the help of his dog a flock of sheep from one field along the lane in front of us to another. Amongst them were a few tups with red crayons on them and you could see the sheep that had been serviced by them and those that hadn’t.

After the walk we arrived back to the van and awaiting us was a nice hot bowl of homemade curried butternut squash soup with granary bread thanks to Angela.

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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