Bremex had a great weekend in the Yorkshire Dales at the end of June.
On the Saturday most of us went rock climbing at Twistleton Scar with Bremex member Tony Halliwell, MIC, while two people did a long walk via the limestone pavements around Feizor to Horton-in-Ribblesdale and back.
Tony was very good at organising things to ensure everyone in our mixed ability climbing group got something out of the day, whether it was seconding a V.Diff or leading a Severe. Twistleton Scar is in a lovely location, with views across the valley to Ingleborough and without the crowds you get at the popular crags in the Peak District.
On the Sunday we practised navigation on a 7-mile moorland journey in the nearest part of the Forest of Bowland, starting at Bowland Knotts and walking a circular route that took us to the Bridge of Greet and the Cross of Greet. This is a very quiet area and we saw only one other walker despite it being a sunny Sunday in June.
To make this more than just a walk, we took it in turns to navigate to features shown on the 1:25000 map, such as small ponds, sink holes and junctions of streams. En route we were lucky enough to see a barn owl flying out of a barn.
The weather was perfect for the whole weekend and the campsite where we stayed at Orcaber Farm near Austwick, although a little on the expensive side for backpackers without a car, is well run and has excellent facilities. At this time of year there was lots of wildlife around including curlews and oystercatchers galore and a brown hare in the next field.