The Boulter Gang – James and Reuben
The Crowther Gang – Chrissie, Pebbles, Geoff and Islay
The Boulter Gang – to bag various summits before they get covered by wind turbines.
The Crowther Gang – to attempt to tire puppy Islay out each day with some shorter (4 or 5 miles) walks.
The Crowther Gang set off for Scotland and spend the night in Wet Sleddale.
Dry, bright and cool.
4.5 miles near Shap, taking in both the tiny village of Keld and Shap Abbey.
Piri Piri chicken, roasted Mediterranean vegetables and new potatoes.
The Crowthers continue their journey to Scotland, meeting up with the Boulter Gang at Dundeugh Forest.
Dry, bright, fresh, arctic wind.
4.5 mile circular wander from Moniaive, over Bardennoch Hill.
A delicious spag bol, made by James.
All move to a new wild vanping spot near the Water of Ken.
Absolutely p*****g it down all day, with strong winds.
Walk – Both Gangs Together
An hour’s wander around the forest, with the dogs all charging about like nutters.
A delicious chilli, made by Geoff.
The Crowther Gang get word that, in their absence, there has been an attempted burglary on their house. Some lovely friends ring the Police and sort everything for them, so they don’t have to rush home. Apparently, the village had a rash of both attempted – and successful – burglaries on the Friday night.
All spend a second night at the Water of Ken.
Hail, rain, wind, sun, rain, hail, wind.
4.6 miles up the valley of the Water of Ken and back, taking in the Chalk Memorial Bothy and the deserted farmhouse of Lorg.
James – Posh Pasta
Chrissie and Geoff – fish cakes with minted peas, fresh veg and new potatoes.
Both Gangs start making their respective ways home.
Dry, bright, cold breeze.
4 mile Glenkiln Sculpture Trail, near Dumfries. A bit disappointing, due to the fact that over 50% of the sculptures are no longer in existence.
A delicious fry up – comfort food.
The Crowthers start off wild vanping in Wet Sleddale but eventually feel so uncomfortable, due to a car with four guys (adults, not teenagers) in it behaving in a very strange way, they decamp to a lay-by in the centre of Shap.
The Crowther Gang finish their journey home.
Rain, snow, hail, sun.
Supposedly a couple of hours walk in the Howgills, setting off from Ravenstonedale. Ends up only being a 90 minute walk though, as the Crowther Gang get fed up of the snow storm which starts shortly after setting off.
Cheese and onion/steak and ale pies, fresh broccoli and carrots, and new potatoes.
And The Crowther Mission Is Accomplished
10 thoughts on “Six Go On A Mission To Dumfries And Galloway”
Wow, fantastic stuff, looks as if one and all had a brilliant time. Impressive, there is much to be said for this vanping m’larky. Looks like we are heading down your way in May.
I was going to say get Mike to bring you over, but we’re actually off to Scotland for the whole of May! Need some better planning here….. 😉
My two favourite photos are, of course, the cute doggie one at the end and the one of the man and dog looking through that window of that old building!
How awful for your friends to hear about that burglary when they were far away and couldn’t sort it – thank goodness they had friends who could. Very stressful!
And, I’d have waited till after the wind turbines – that was you get a great track to take up the hill 😉
That was Geoff and Pebbles looking through the window – Pebbles is such a nosey monkey!
It was actually our house that had the attempted burglary. They’ve totally wrecked the garage door, so we’re now waiting for the insurers to check it out, then we’ll hopefully get a new one fitted. Bit of a nuisance as through the garage is one of the main ways into the house and we can’t currently use it. Could have been worse though!
Poor old Reuben is still tired after last weekend, although he is still keen for today’s stroll through the woods!
Well of course he was walking twice as far as ours each day – Islay will be catching him up soon though. Pebbles is currently snoring like a very loud thing on the sofa, blissfully unaware that we’ve just ordered some panniers for her…..
Actually, if you’re ‘vanping’ ‘cos you’re sleeping in a van, I must be ‘carping’ when I kip in the car!
Made the best of pretty grim Easter weekend, doggies seemed to enjoy themselves at least
The doggies had great fun – although Pebbles does like to have her waterproof on in heavy rain or hail……. 😀