Sunday, 17 August 2014

Skipton Moor

Last night’s mooring on the Spring Branch was surprisingly quiet for a Friday.  Perhaps it was the weather?  This morning our 24 hours had almost expired and we therefore moved away from the centre of Skipton.  In the morning Jan went shopping whilst I stayed on Waiouru and did a few minor maintenance tasks.  Jan had a pleased look on her face when she returned.  It transpired she had been able to buy some large boxes of bicarbonate of soda and two small cans of cleaning paste.We are going to see if the bicarbonate of soda will clean the inside of the pram and cratch covers.

After lunch I went for a walk up on Skipton Moor which is the high ground to the southeast of the town.

An interesting walk (more on that to follow) but I’ve had a small laugh when I downloaded the walk from the gps to the laptop only to discover all the footpaths are already on the OSM.  That will teach me not to be lazy and do my planning before I go!

Whilst not at the same altitude, the vegetation looked very similar to that found around Waiouru (place – not boat) in the North Island of NZ. The grass isn’t as coarse or as long but it’s boggy up on top and mildly unpleasant when the wind blows (like it did today)  I met a Skipton resident whilst on the walk who had been to NZ and he commented that the terrain looked very similar.  He then went on to tell me he had no interest in emigrating to NZ when he could enjoy the same scenery in his birthplace.  Smile


Could easily be NZ

View from Skipton Pits looking south across the top of the moor

Looking north towards the Yorkshire Dales

I had considered taking the train to Horton in Ribbedale and walking the Three Peaks but I’ve already done that on an earlier UK holiday.  Better to look for something new.

Oh, Jan also found a butcher and it’s going to be steak for dinner. <yum>


John Mason said...

Best F & C and pork pies come from skipton

Marilyn McDonald said...

Hi Tom, That high ground does look like the Desert Road, eh. I don't remember seeing such green fields quite so close to it tho!
When people ask us what NZ is like we say it's the same size as mainland Britain, with the population of Birmingham living in it, and on a good day, I can drive past the city of Birmingham in 15 minutes; ie NZ is pretty much empty. But here in the UK, England especially, you can drive in any direction and in 5 minutes you'll come to a village. In NZ you can drive half an hour and sometimes hardly see another car, let alone a settlement, unless of course you missed it - Uriti in North Taranaki, for example.
Maybe that's why NZers like narrowboating - less crush AND we get to see this beautiful countryside!
Just had this morning's quota of gingernuts - yum!
Cheers, Marilyn

Tom and Jan said...


Where's the best outlet for the pork pies?

Tom and Jan said...


There are green fields in Waiouru opposite the Army Museum and further north as far as the airfield. However the eastern side of the Desert Road is all tussock. I know because I've crawled through most of it :-)