This lower picture of Arenig Fawr, for me, encapsulates all of Charlie’s stories of crossing this 17 mile wilderness, always in inclement weather, sometimes at night, a track forever stony, with gates to open and close, and always a terrible desire to reach Ffestiniog and the welcoming arms of No. 6 Sun Street, where dwelt his current passion – or so he thought !! For more information see Charlie’s story “In the Spring” on page 159 of his book Volume Three.
These two shots above (taken March 1st 1925) were taken from the Malham Tarn to Settle road above a village called Langcliffe. I too have memories of this road with its superb views covered all over in snow, and building in company with the local CTC section a large snowman. Perhaps there were one or two snowball fights as well !!
Sunday, February 8th – ‘a fill-dyke’, when we tried to make a passage of Chee Dale from Wye Dale to Millers Dale. After scrambling over rocks and through water we reached the narrows with the river rushing wall to wall. The river won, and we beat an arduous retreat. Four months later, on June 7th we made the passage.
The half timbered building photograph is of Beeston Smithy. Charlie comments thus: “Beeston Smithy where we often dined. Mrs (Mother) Stockton made excellent currant cake, and the teapot was monstrous”. This day, Sunday 10th May Charlie is getting his new bike, a Grubb, run-in by cycling round his favourite haunts in Cheshire. Another note about his new steed. The bike was fantastic but it took a lot of experimenting over a few months to sort out a comfortable saddle. He went through a lot of borrowed saddles before he was assured of total comfort.
These pictures are all dated 1925 according to the page title, but the footnote places a different time and date because over the Easter Holiday in 1925, Charlie writes this: “A brilliant Easter which I will not forget because I moped miserably at home, my old bike beyond repair, new bike on order but yet to be delivered” I think we can all feel for him under those circumstances.