Wednesday Wanderings

We tried to go for a walk yesterday but we were thwarted by the weather…

Our plan was to climb Great Whernside, another one of the Dales 30. We set off in good time having bought our packed lunches on route. We were planning to shorten the walk by driving up Parkrash and parking at the top, reducing the amount of climbing substantially! The road is a very scenic, single track lane winding it’s way over to Coverdale.

When we parked at the top the wind was howling round the car and the rain was coming sideways! Now we don’t mind rain when it happens during a walk, but setting off in the rain is not our cup of tea – this walking lark is meant to be fun! We sat in the car, ate our suasage roll and had a coffee, hoping it would show signs of blowing over.

After half an hour we decided it wasn’t going to happen…maybe a walk further down the dale. We drove down all the little back roads, mainly single track with passing places, so my friend did have to do a fair bit of reversing as we met cars coming the other way. It was a delightful route though.

We parked up near Embsay, hoping for a walk round the reservoir, but the rain was still coming down. I did manage to get a pretty evocative picture of the moody skies…

…we ate our sticky buns and had another coffee!

We drove up to Ilkley Moor, the weather was still inclement so we ate our sandwiches looking at the views over Wharfedale before returning home for a coffee in the garden in the summerhouse!

It reminded me of the Safari Suppers that were popular in the 80’s with each course in a different house!

Hopefully next week we might actually manage to do some walking!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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10 Responses to Wednesday Wanderings

  1. katechiconi says:

    You got out of the house and into the beautiful countryside, you got a small amount of fresh air, and you had coffee, sandwiches and buns! i’d say the walking would just have been an added bonus.


  2. sandidureice says:

    Have you seen any of the circular rock carvings on Ilkley Moor? Lovely photo of near Embsay. Thank you for all your posts, really enjoy them.


  3. Hah remember that wind on the top and not being able to get the command post tent up!
    Bivvy bag in the heather it was! But what a view in the morning 🤣


  4. Laura says:

    Lovely day out, and a gorgeous photo, too! 🙂


  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Although you didn’t walk far it sounds like a perfect meet up with your friend.


  6. That photo looks ominous! Sounds like you still managed to make it a fun day out despite the weather!


  7. tinaor says:

    Wild weather imminent?! We’ve not had such dark skies yet – but rain is due. But, we have had several days of greyish interspersed with very brief sunish. You could say ’50 shades of grey’ ….!


  8. tialys says:

    I quite like the idea of having something to eat each time you stopped.
    We actually got down to the beach yesterday as Mr. Tialys had the day off and we are still exploring the Jurassic Coast. It wasn’t exactly sunny but lots of brave people were in the sea paddle boarding or actually swimming. Not us though! We had a mooch round and had a nice lunch on the terrace of a restaurant overlooking the beach.
    Where is the next ‘heat wave’ they keep talking about? I can’t see any sign of it on the weather forecasts. It’s a shame because lots of people forced to holiday in the U.K this year might have been persuaded to do it again if the weather had been better – good for the economy and all that. Instead they’ll be determined to jet off to warmer climes again as soon as they are able.


  9. Jane M says:

    Very atmospheric pic! It sounded like you made the most of your day out even if it didn’t go to plan

    Liked by 1 person

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