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A pleasant evening wandering

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

5 of us (Myself, David, Justine, Andrew and Rebecca) met on a scorching summer evening at Kirkham Abbey, between York and Malton, for one of the midweek evening walks. As we crossed the river Derwent a boat load of people floated downstream past the Abbey making quite an idyllic scene. 

After crossing the railway we headed up a steep climb through the woods and then turned left to follow a woodland path, the shade and cooler air providing a welcome change from the baking sun. After popping out into some fields, we dropped steadily down past a farm to join a country lane. This crossed the railway again and was busy with cyclists enjoying an evening spin.

Reaching a small wood which was to be our turnaround point, we headed through the trees towards the river and could hear a strange, regular ‘sloshing’ sound, which turned out to be coming from Howsham Mill across the river. This was the sound of the first archimedes screw turbines in the UK, generating electricity as part of the Renewable Heritage Trust’s restoration of the mill site. if you're interested in more information!

We watched some kayakers practising their skills in the mill weir, and further upstream there were a few swimmers cooling off in the river at this popular wild swimming spot. A pleasant walk back along the western bank of the river Derwent through fields and along the occasionally overgrown path took us back to Kirkham Abbey. Along the way we came across a patch of pineapple weed, which I’m sure I’ve seen before (it’s fairly common at field edges apparently) but didn’t realise it was wild chamomile.  So thanks Andrew and Rebecca, I learned something too, and the handful I collected is currently drying out ready for when I next fancy a brew. 

Just up the road from the Abbey is the Stone Trough Inn, so we finished a lovely evening with a beer out in the garden, enjoying the last of the sunshine. A warm orange sunset followed, and the final rays of the day illuminated the tops of the trees across the valley, reminding us it was time to think about heading home. 

YAC Christmas Social

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

The Club Christmas social was held at the Walmgate Ale House and Bistro (formerly 'Meltons Too') in York.

We met for a drink in 'The Hop' beforehand to have a catch up, and share stories with those who had made it out for walks in the Dales after the recent snowfalls.

Then onto the Ale House, where we sat up in the cosy 'Loft' area. The food was good and of course being Christmas the crackers, paper hats and terrible jokes were all part of the occasion!

The club meal at Walmgate ale house and bistro

The club meal at Walmgate ale house and bistro

After the meal, some stayed in the Ale house to catch up with friends, while others headed to the 'Last Drop Inn' on Kings' Sq for a nightcap before heading home.

A great night out was had by all, have a Happy New Year and see you in 2015!

The next generation of YAC-ers?

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

The current generation of YAC aren't getting any younger, more's the pity, and it's time we started looking for the next Adam Ondras, so to kick this off YAC held its first child friendly climbing day at Brimham Rocks.

The great British weather was true to form and it was a rather colder, windy day (with rain threatening) that greeted us upon arrival, but undeterred we all met up at Castle Rock for the obligatory faffing, coffee, guide book/route discussions etc

There was a great turn out with Pia Ashton and Joshua Everett winning the joint award for youngest climbers of the day at approx 2 ½. (although Helen could dispute that as she was v heavily pregnant!) There was also a good mix of YAC’s and non YAC’s with some family and friends tagging along as well. If I miss anyone out then I apologise in advance, but we had Liz, Joshua and myself, Ian Ashton & Pia, Ali & Poppy, Ian Brown & Mark, Helen & James, Steve, Roz, Toby & Hugo, Rob, Peri & Kirk, Tom & Fliss, Debbie & Meredith and Richard (Foxy) Hampton and daughters.

With swearing reduced down to a minimum by all, including Peri, some climbing eventually ensued with me leading Jabberwok (VS), whilst Peri eyed up Desperation Crack (HVS). A number of us then headed down to Cyclops area to set up some top ropes. Toby & Hugo made light work of Cyclops (S), whilst Meredith did her 1st outdoor climbs on Central Point (Diff). Ian B and Mark both powered up Gordon's Proffer, an HVS arête, which looked a scary lead with limited gear close to the top, whilst Tom & Fliss both lead Slab Arete (VDiff)

 We then headed down to cubic block with Ian A to let Pia and Josh run round on the boulders. The rain came in at about 2pm and we took that as a cue to head home as Josh was getting tired.

A few others stayed around to enjoy the evening sun with Peri leading Desperation Crack (HVS) and Rob leading Picnic variation (HVS) among others, before they headed down to Gnome Arete area at the end of the day.

All in all a good day and one to be repeated again, possibly at a different location though to stop everyone getting so spread out and separated in the Brimham maze.

More of Robs pics ..

Do all sixteen dances……..

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

B52s Keith, Kate and Cindy
Do the Shu-ga-Loo , Do the Shy Tuna, Do the Camel Walk, Do the Hip-o-crit, Do the Coo-ca-Choo, Do the Aqua-Velva, Do the Dirty Dog, Do the Escalator and don't forget the hippy hippy forward hippy hippy hippy hippy hippy shake….

So it was time to put on some glad rags, ok for me it was a clean shirt and tidy jeans, and it was off to Manchester  with Peri to see the B52s the best dance and party band ever……  ( well I know a lot of people who think this is correct and I would agree with them ).

The audience was definitely more mature than some concerts I have been to recently but there was a number of younger fans who were certainly enjoying themselves.  The B52's played a great set, it was a mixture of songs from the new album and a number of old classics like Love Shack, Roam, Planet Claire and Rock Lobster. They were on stage for 85-90 minutes, a lot longer than some younger bands.

I even went to Birmingham the next night to see them again,  TIP Manchester Academy is a much nicer venue than Birmingham Academy for seeing bands, better parking and even air conditioning.