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Healthy Strollers - October
Thirteen Strollers arrived at Ravenscourt Starbeck for a 10.00am start. We set off up the High Street where I pointed out local landmarks and amenities, then down Forest Lane turning right at the roundabout, entering the park on the left side of the road (a hidden gem) and then exiting opposite Sainsburys
Crossing the road we went to Fodders Cafe for a coffee.
Light drizzle had been with us from the beginning of the walk so a decision was made as to whether to continue. Six Strollers continued the walk, past the viaduct and out onto Hookstone Road.
We then into the Woodlands Pub for a very enjoyable and relaxing lunch which was followed by a walk back to Starbeck.
The rest had returned by bus from Sainsburys
Mary Bradley
A stroll along the Ripley Greenway
On Wednesday 1 November fourteen Strollers and George the dog met to take a walk along the Greenway from Bilton to Ripley.
It was a lovely autumn day – perfect for a stroll with lots of leaves on the ground but plenty of green leaves still to come down from the trees. We noticed some heather coming through too. Lots of people were out walking their dogs and plenty of cyclists, including a very angry lady who gave us a telling off because we had the nerve to ask her why she didn’t have a bell on her bike!
We also had a beautiful chestnut-coloured horse trotting alongside us, with a friendly rider. Mary spotted a formation of geese flying above us – a lovely sight.  When we reached the river bridge Merille took a photograph of the group so, hopefully, it will be displayed on our notice board some time.
We did not see much wildlife apart from pheasants in the fields. When we reached Ripley most of us visited the tearoom in the Castle grounds for lunch.  It was busy but they were very welcoming and a good day was had by all.  We will not be strolling in December but we will meet to discuss the strolling programme for next year.
Marian Darwen
A Stroll by the River Ouse
For our February Stroll fourteen of us went on the train to York on a cold but sunny day.
We followed the River Ouse down to where it meets the River Foss and the carried on to the Millennium Bridge.
We then walked back to the city to find a pub for lunch.
Merille Fountain
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