Airton Barn Weekend 9/10 April 2016

Sunny and blue skies greeted us most of the weekend although a rogue snow shower fell overnight on Saturday.
Airton Barn is a new venue for the Club and has been recently refurbished. It is located at a 17th century Quaker meeting house so comes with plenty of history and space.
Six of us stayed on Friday night. Some of us walked 1 1/2 miles to the pub for an evening meal and pint, along the Pennine Way by the River Aire. Sally, Francis and Eleanor joined us although they were caravanning near Settle.
On Saturday two cycling teams set off for a 40 mile hilly round, which took in the delights of various dales. One of the teams managed to fit in two cafe stops mainly because they cycled faster! Charles familiarised himself with the beautiful Malham scenery and also attended a classical cello recital at the Meeting House. So, we used our time to the full.
Saturday evening 8 people enjoyed a five course shared meal and plenty of liquid refreshment. Bedtime was early as we had to rest our weary limbs.
On Sunday Mary and Marian hadn’t cycled enough so set off again on their bikes. The rest of us walked with the rest of the tourists from Malham. We passed Janet’s Foss and scrambled up a wet and slippery Gordale Scar before returning to cars via the limestone pavements of Malham Cove. There, Francis tried to spot peregrines but we have yet to hear if any were sighted. The sun shone all day for us, ending a very enjoyable weekend.
Thank you to everyone who participated and for all the delicious food contributions.
Ali

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