A few years ago the television presenter Russell Harty was making a documentary called The Yorkshire Dales on Film when he said: “When God had finished making Heaven, rather like when you make an apple pie, with that bit of pastry that was left over, he fashioned the Yorkshire Dales.”
He wasn’t wrong. The Yorkshire Dales are beautiful and are a wonderful addition to the many stunning places that make up the rich tapestry of these diverse islands that we call home.
That’s why in 2012 DRWF decided to head to Yorkshire for the annual “Active with Diabetes” Walking Holiday. In recent years, we have walked the ancient paths of the Long Mynd in Shropshire, the coastal paths of Pembrokeshire, the steep and wild cliffs of North Devon, the stunning hills of the Lake District, and followed in the footsteps of Roman invaders and our Celtic ancestors in Neolithic Wiltshire.
This time we decided to explore the largest county in England and put our lungs and calf muscles to the test by climbing some of the steep rolling Dales and traversing the natural farmland and woodland paths.
Members of our walking group began descending on the market town of Richmond on Monday, 22nd May. Our base for the week was the historic King’s Head Hotel, which was situated right in the town’s market square and would be our home for the next five nights.
By six o’clock everyone had arrived, checked in to their rooms, freshened up and gathered in the hotel bar for a meet and greet and pre-dinner drink. Our first time walkers were welcomed by the veterans of the group and introductions were made all around, especially to our leader from Ramblers Countrywide, Elizabeth Savage, and Diabetes Specialist Nurse Angela Sealeaf, who, as always, would keep her watchful eye on us during the week.
Dinner began with the handing out of welcome bags of fun goodies, and lots of Yorkshire and walking information. After a fantastic meal most of our noisy and excitable group retired, while a few night jays stayed up late reminiscing over coffee and talking about the week to come.