The first Club meeting of the New Year was not what members might have been expecting. Instead of a lecture on the use of a defibrilator, a very full house sat back to enjoy – vicariously – the high and lows of a long hike across England. Neil Barker had been persuaded by his Father,George, to present a film show of the expedition that he and his wife had undertaken last summer from St Bees to Robin Hood Bay. They were part of a small professionally- organised holiday party, hiking the Wainwright Way at an average of 16 miles a day, with overnight accommodation at B&Bs, and with main luggage transferred to lighten the loads. A very nice plan indeed.
The highs of course were to be found in the Lake District; the main lows were the five days of heavy rain. The excellent photography enabled members to experience the joys of marching along water-logged paths, damp screes, with overcast skies and misty hill tops and lakesides. We imagined the evening joys of a change of clothes, a hot shower and a good meal on the table for the tired travellers.
Of course, the weather changed when the paths reached Yorkshire and we observers could appreciate the hillsides of Swaledale and then the Cleveland Walk to the coast., sea and sunshine.
It was a talk, richly illustrated such that members could immerse themselves in the conditions without the effort involved. Thanks were expressed by many members’ questions, but no one seemed interested in how they could get on to such a party !!!