Earlier on this year I was trawling through that dreaded medium of FaceBook, when I found a post that had been shared asking if anyone was interested in joining an archaeological dig in Swaledale. Before seeking Julia's permission I applied for a 3 day slot. We both spent the net few months looking forward to visiting a campsite we found in Reeth, just a mile from the dig site.
Finally, on the 16th July we arrived at the allotted time in Orchard Caravan and Camping Park
. After being greeted with much smiling and handshaking, we levelled the caravan and headed up in to the village to seek out a pub to quench our thirst. The Black Bull took our fancy, purely because it was the first one we came across. Theakstons Old Peculiar, a pint I remembered drinking in the lake District many moons ago, called softly, but persistently, from the array of taps along bar. Its sweet thick hoppy taste was as I remembered it during a New Years hiking expedition to Wast Dale back before I met Julia 31 years ago.The next day we awoke bright and breezy and drove the short distance to the dig site at Hagg Farm. Once we had located the entrance, we parked in the field designated as the car park and headed up hill to the dig site. A complex and fascinating site being dug by SWAG
(Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
). The dig was hard work, on a slope but with rich pickings of coarse local and Roman pottery and even a beautiful broach, with quern and sharpening stones. The end of each day ended at our chosen haunt and our favourite tipple.
The final day was spent refilling the dig site and replacing the turf removed over the previous couple of weeks. A dig well dug and a puzzle made more intricate. We look forward to visiting them another time
Ian & Sharon (21 Jul 2017)
Lovely to meet you both, glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We will keep the OP chilled and look forward to checking in on your on going adventures. Ian & Sharon. (Orchard Caravan Park)
Simon Thomson (28 Jul 2017)
It was great to meet you both. A lovely campsite and area of the country. We'll be back