1972 Sponsored Walk

If all the sponsored walkers who set out from Gargrave on Sunday morning were paid for the extra mileage they covered trying to find their way around the route, Linton Residential School might have benefited tenfold!

The circular walk sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Ltd. Sports & Social Club was 15 miles long. Many walkers lost their way in the early stages between Gargrave and Kirkby Malham, and due to bad or non-existent sign posting added two or three miles to their walk. Headmaster's wife Mrs. N. Barnard, watched nearly 70 walkers set out between 11 and 11.30am from Gargrave Village Hall along the Pennine Way. Among them were children and supervisors from the school. Employees from the Gargrave factory provided refreshments, manned checkpoints, and travelled around the route supervising walkers. Walkers who arrived at Newfield Bridge from many different directions after losing their way on Eshton Moor did not feel very confident about completing the rest of the walk. They strode on alongside the River Aire to Kirkby Malham where refreshments awaited in the village hall, and most of them completed the section. The sponsored walkers climbed the Kirkby Malham to Settle Road to Highside Moor and crossed the fell to the Airton road which they shortly crossed for End Gill Bridge and the wondering, descending footpath to Otterburn. A little over a mile on tar-macadam brought them to Bell Busk. Only as the stragglers, three hours behind the leaders, neared the end of the last stage between Bell Busk and Gargrave did the first rain of the day hurry them towards their goal. While organisers counted the potential proceeds, walkers counted the cost in aching calves and blisters.

The money will go towards the cost of building a day room for the children at Linton School. One of the organisers, M.C.Sztrumf, welfare and nursing officer at the Gargarve factory said after the Walk: “There are no problems at all, The walkers went through very well.”

“We shall try to hold other money making efforts, and adopt these children to help the school to obtain these amenities”.

The photograph shows Mrs Barnard checking the walk route.