Today we walked approximately 4 miles to the village of Reeth. We learned about tourism and farming in the area and the natural physical features of Swaledale. We also really enjoyed geocaching and found all 4 that we looked for! Even though it was raining (a LOT) we had a great time walking through fields and along footpaths, seeing the lambs and skimming stones – we definitely worked up an appetite for tea. And don’t worry everyone at home, we all ate at tea time and have gone to bed no problem. The bedrooms are the tidiest on residential we’ve ever seen so far!
Photo of Mrs Parlett and Mr Graham trying to sneak to the pub but Mrs Watson wouldn’t let them.
Today we headed out onto the moors to find out about how the land used to be used compared to how it is used now. We learned that grouse shooting is big money out here – in the summer, people can pay up to £10,000 for a day’s shooting and feasting while being whizzed round in a Land Rover. We could have done with the Land Rover ourselves after battling the first hour against wind, rain and sleet! What a miserable start. Fortunately it dried off a bit and we enjoyed hunting for galena and climbing up the old smelting chimney. Almost 6 miles in the wind gave us quite an appetite and we ate our dinner in record time (all still tucking in, so please don’t worry!) The sun came out this evening – hurray! A game of cricket, kite building and game playing rounded off our day.