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Reeth to Richmond 17th September

“Sauluae” was the Anglo Saxon name for the Swale meaning Rapid + liable to deluge, said to be the fasting flowing river in England. Can rise 3 metres in 20 minutes and cause a bore similar to that on the river Severn. Although there was rain the week previous we didn’t encounter 1 bore on our walk.

We had a group of people who appeared to get along quite well and chatted most of the way. Beautiful Swaledale has many footpaths and we were to take the one starting at Reeth and finishing 10 miles downstream at Richmond North Yorkshire which also is part of the coast to coast walk. We were transported by a hired bus up the dale as no public buses seemed to run on Sundays at the time required. Slippery under foot in places due to the recent showery weather but compensated by the fantastic views down the valley. Walking past ruined abbeys, up nuns footpaths (well it was Sunday) some depicted in WM Turners paintings we were lucky to have wonderful weather ie the sun was out. The landscape dotted with sheep and the limestone cliffs which the river had gouged out over the years seemed to pass too quickly. We did have a deluge as we were changing our boots to a more suitable mode of footwear for an end of walk tea shop.

A big thanks to Peter who organised the bus and although we each paid £3 towards the cost it was through his generosity that the price was well subsidised.

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