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Fifteen people went on the stroll in March. It was a beautiful day and, with signs of spring, we saw a great many snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils and also a small clump of cyclamen. It was a ‘Nature Walk’ as we saw two squirrels, a large rabbit, a crow building its nest, several recent mole hills and the birds were singing. The river was very full and fast-flowing and the sun was shining over the weir.  There are many unusual things to see – tree carvings, the Chapel of the Lady of the Crag for which permission had been given by Henry IV. Further along the road was the House in the Rock and we also discovered Castle Mills which had been a flax mill making linen which was granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria to supply all the Royal palaces. It finally closed in 1972. The walk finished at Marigold’s Café for welcome refreshments.
Seven members went to Roundhay Park for a Lakeside Walk on a grey, wet day. Although there was some heavy rain, we stayed dry and did have some short spells of sunshine. There were a lot of people about, walking with children and dogs even though the park was wet. We met two mothers with buggies who told us they had turned back because the path on the opposite side of the lake was so muddy.
We carried on to the end of the lake, discussed the situation and decided to turn back. There were a lot of swans and ducks to be seen and heard and ruined buildings could be glimpsed through the trees. The daffodils were just starting to flower and so many more to come. We had lunch in the Lakeside Café which we enjoyed.  Roundhay Park has much to offer and I hope that we can return to explore more.
Jean Anderson.
Ten Healthy Strollers met at a very wet ‘bus station for our stroll round Golden Acre Park. By the time we arrived it had stopped raining and we set off to walk around the park but the path was impassable due to flooding. We retraced our steps, found a way over the grass and continued into the woods where two hides are situated. We went into both of them to view the birds feeding then retraced our path back out of the woods. As we walked back, we passed a large bush which had a robin and two nuthatches posing for us – they were not afraid of us! After a very nice lunch in the café we caught the ‘bus back to Otley where we had a bit of Retail Therapy. Then we caught the ‘bus to Harrogate after a very enjoyable day out.
The next stroll will be the Patelely Bridge Riverside Walk on 6th June, meeting at the ‘bus station at 10.20am for the No. 24 ‘bus.

Barbara Barraclough



Eleven members met Catherine, our leader, to catch the No:24 ‘bus and we picked up two more Strollers along the route.

After a scenic, but eventful journey, we met three more members with two four-legged friends, George and Ruby, in Pateley Bridge. The weather was overcast but fine and we walked along the river hearing birdsong and seeing wildfowl including a grebe. We walked to the mill, stopping for a photograph on the way and then crossed to the other side of the river to walk to Bewerley.

We admired all the lovely gardens in the village and made our way back to Pateley for lunch.

After looking round the shops, we caught the ‘bus back to Harrogate and all agreed that we had had a very enjoyable day.

Mary Bradley

A Stroll by the riverside in Ripon

On an overcast morning, eleven Healthy Strollers set out to Quarry Moor, Ripon, led by Marian with help from Beryl. On our arrival we were met by Sally and her dog, Ruby.

In spite of the dry weather there were plenty of beautiful wild flowers along the way. We didn’t see any rabbits but we saw lots of holes they had dug out of the ground.

We eventually reached the river which was teaming with fish and we also saw a mother duck with her little ducklings swimming around her - always a lovely sight! Later we were blessed with a yellow wagtail hopping around.

We soon reached the Water-Rat Pub where several of us had a very enjoyable lunch.

All round, we had a very enjoyable day.

Our next Stroll is on Wednesday, 1 August meeting at the Bus Station at 9.30am for the bus to Ilkley.

Marian Darwen