Day 2 - Gargrave to Bolton Bridge

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A misty morning in Gargrave

Day 2 was supposed to be easier than day 1; slightly shorter, and across flatter ground, but a combination of expectations, tiredness from the previous day, and mud, made sure that that wasn't the case. It was also a less interesting day in terms of the scenery, which always makes the walk seem harder and longer.

We woke up to a very foggy morning in Gargrave. The tents were extremely damp, and I had to sling mine of the wall so I could wipe it down with a cloth; the inside of the fly sheet was running with water!

We headed from Gargrave to Skipton, along the line of the railway. This involved walking through fields, with frequent muddy sections, particularly where the path crossed under the railway, which happened more than once.

Embsay & Bolton Abbey steam railway
At field entrances the ground was often very boggy where cows had churned it up. In one field we passed some earthworks, which looked like the remains of on iron-age fort.

Walking through Skipton was a delight! Skipton's a pretty small town, but still big enough to have a bustling little centre. It felt good to walk in one side, straight through the town, and out the other side. It's the first time I've ever been in a town without feeling in any way part of the scene.

From Skipton we headed up to Embsay village. We stopped part way to cook lunch, on a rise at the entrance to a quarry, with good views over the surrounding area. It's from here that we were able to see a train plying the "disused" line we'd stopped to take photos on the previous day!

There's a steam railway which runs from Embsay to Bolton Abbey, and we followed close to the line of the tracks for the rest of the day. We saw a couple of trains come past. The last part of the day seemed like a long haul, and it was beginning to get dark when we made it back to the car.

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A misty morning in Gargrave
A misty morning in Gargrave
Embsay & Bolton Abbey steam railway
Embsay & Bolton Abbey steam railway
A misty morning in Gargrave
A misty morning in Gargrave
A misty morning in Gargrave
A misty morning in Gargrave
The campsite in Gargrave
The campsite in Gargrave
Cooking lunch on day 2
Cooking lunch on day 2
Embsay & Bolton Abbey steam railway
Embsay & Bolton Abbey steam railway
Bolton Bridge
photo by: o_mendfornd