Easter in the Yorkshire Dales

If a pattern is emerging in 2015, then it’s to squeeze in as much as possible in the time I have away from the office.

While my four camping trips may pale in comparison to the bevy of lightweight backpackers and cycle tourists who pepper the blogosphere with their exploits, for me the tally is an impressive one.

The fourth trip to add to these pages was an Easter amble to the rather lovely Yorkshire Dales – Swaledale in fact. We took the Vango Force Ten to Usha Gap campsite near Muker and revelled in the scenery and simply wonderful weather.

We managed two walks – a gentle 15km circuit to Keld and back via Swinner Gill and a more demanding 26 km tramp over Great Shunner Fell to Hawes and back. The latter was a bit of an intentional test as my other half has ambitions to complete the West Highland Way later this year and I felt the need to give her a flavour of a typical day. I’m pleased to say her enthusiasm remains undiminished.

Our third outing in the Vango Force Ten prompted an addition. A Vango Adventure Tarp has now been added to the rig, which provides an excellent, weather resistant open porch. The two work effortlessly together, the only drawback being the shadow cast by the tarp affecting how the canvas fades in the sun. As a result, our Force 10 now sports a ‘tie-dye’ darkened patch on one flank. Not a problem, but something to bear in mind if you too wish to dabble with the Old Skool.

Vango Force Ten with an Adenture Tarp
Vango Force Ten with an Adenture Tarp
Climbing out of Swaledale
Climbing out of Swaledale
Spring has sprung
Spring has sprung
Fuel stop
Fuel stop
Lovely landscapes up here
Lovely landscapes up here
The Pennine Way to Great Shunner Fell
The Pennine Way to Great Shunner Fell
Beacon on Great Shunner Fell looking to Swaledale
Beacon on Great Shunner Fell looking to Swaledale
Still a good ways to go
Still a good ways to go
Time to go home
Time to go home
Usha Gap campsite - a highly recommended place to stay this way
Usha Gap campsite – a highly recommended place to stay this way
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