6th June 2017
Bradford nurse Martin Booth hopes to scale Mount Kilimanjaro for Marie Curie hospice
Kathie Griffiths T&A Reporter
Martin Booth (R), looked after John Tempest’s wife at Sherrington House nursing care home in Bradford. The photo they are holding was taken by John Tempest (L) himself at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1961. Martin is doing the charity mountain to raise funds for Marie Curie
A NURSE about to climb Africa’s highest mountain for charity has been taking tips from an 84-year-old who conquered the peak back in 1961.
Martin Booth, who has already been on previous treks through Peru and Sri Lanka in aid of Marie Curie’s Maudsley Street hospice, flies out for the start of his latest adventure on July 7.
Members of the Queensbury Walking Groups attended at St Ives, Bingley on Saturday 11 March 2017. They were to act as casualties in the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team training. We were briefed prior to the start of the training session, there were 3 sites with an injury at each.
Queensbury Walking Groups are taking part in this walk, do you want to join us? If so contact Stuart via email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We have some afternoon walkers who would like to try walking one of the Dales Walks. I have decided that an 8 mile walk will be more appropriate so that all can take part without suffering too much discomfort.
We will leave Queensbury at 8.00 am, we will then visit Belly Busters at Steeton for breakfast. The early start is so that we can make the best of available daylight, sunset being at 4.25 pm. We should be back in Malham by 3.00 pm which gives us some leeway for emergencies etc.
Directions to Malham are : through Skipton to Gargrave, turning right before the village centre, signposted Malham and Grassington. Travel through Aireton and Kirkby Malham. Parking on the roadside if possible to avoid charges. Post code of the Visitor Centre is BD23 4DA. If we have to park in the Visitor Centre car park the cost is £4.50 for the day. Toilets are available at the rear of the Visitor Centre
Therefore the walk will be from Malham, to the Cove, walk up the steps then cross the full width of the Cove, up to the Tarn down the hill to Gordale Scar, sometimes there is a refreshment caravan parked near Gordale Bridge where we have stopped previously, I cannot guarantee that it will be there. Then onto Janet’s Foss then follow the river back to Malham.
Most of the climbing is done up the steps, (400) at the side of the Cove then up Watlows Valley, 2 miles then it levels out or goes downhill for nearly all the rest of the walk.
If the weather is kind to us we should have majestic views over North Yorkshire.
Waterproofs are a must even if it is a fine day, these can act as a windbreak and prevent hypothermia. Food and drink are also essential as is any medication you may need. I carry a first aid kit which should cover most minor emergencies such as cuts and blisters.
Have a look at the following links for images of the views we may have.
The Queensbury Community Programme Walking Group will resume their afternoon and evening walks on Wednesday 21st September 2016. For information phone Kathryn Halford. 01274 816748.