Appleby, Cumbria.

 

The group's July ramble at Appleby was fully booked but 4 ramblers did not turn up and so some other members were disappointed.  We left Wigan on a gloomy morning but by the time we reached Appleby we found a fine summer's day.  Peter led the group of 22 on an 8 mile walk along the Dales High Way to Bandley Bridge and on to Great Ormside.  A few of the group tried the stepping stones and the ford across the beck but they got very wet before taking to the road and footpaths back along the River Eden to Appleby.  

 

Frank Atherton led the party of 26 on the 5 mile walk.  They lost the path across the first field before reaching the Dales High Way and following the other group through the mud and overgrown way.  After crossing Bandley Bridge they got split up as Phil Bullen explored the hillside.  Frank decided it was time for lunch until Phil's half rejoined the rest.  They followed Hoff Beck and through Colby village.  On the way back to Appleby they enjoyed a fantastic view of the Pennines and Murton Pike, Dufton Pike and Knock Pike.  Soon Appleby Castle and its flag came into view.  In Appleby some sought the nearest café and some followed the River Eden round to the church. The weather changed on the journey back to Wigan after a sunny day in the Eden Valley.