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YORKSHIRE DALES HIKE & PINT, 19th June 2016 by Lawrence Bland

the hikers in the Mew Inn

Three hikers including new member Justin caught the “Northern Dalesman” bus 830 from Lancaster at 915am. It was an overcast and rather humid day, but rain was forecast for later in the afternoon. With the Senior Bus pass no longer available on these buses, we bought a “Dales Privilege Rover” at £6 for the day. Changing at Ingleton for the “Malham Tarn Shuttle” bus 881, to the junction of the new bye-pass near Common Scars. Walking up the old road and then turning west along Brunton Road, then crossing fields to Old Hall Farm and the village of Feizor, along the Hale Lane Bridleway to Austwick. The Traddock provided the first beer of the day, a Three Peaks Pen Y Ghent Bitter, a short walk to the Game Cock and a Thwaites Magic Sponge, we snacked on free mini Yorkshire Puddings filled with cheese or salami . Some of the party were tempted to stop longer and try the Breton Specialities on the main menu, but we kept together and continued the walk across fields to Clapham. The Bunkhouse had Gray Hawk (Skipton) Golden Aye, a short walk to the New Inn, and Settle Blonde, some of the party thought this the best beer of the day. The Group split here and Justin decided to walk along the Old Road back to Ingleton, we caught the bus. The rain was starting by now. Then a pub crawl through Ingleton, the Wheatsheaf had Bank’s Lion’s Roar (a Euro Football special), the Three Horseshoes had Bowland Pheasant Plucker, the Craven Heifer had Wainwright and finally to the recently reopened Masons (formerly the Mason’s Arms and Old Brewery Inn) and a Hesket Newmarket Scafell Blonde. We missed the 5.15pm bus due to confusion on its route, we walked back to the Community Centre, the rain wasn’t getting any dryer, so we took shelter in the Ingleborough Club , a warm welcome as usual and a Green King IPA. Then we caught the 6.35pm bus back to Lancaster.