Twenty one Strollers met at Granby Corner for our stroll around the Stray.
It was a very pleasant outing in which several interesting places were pointed out.
The blossom was very beautiful along the path towards the Tewitt Well and rabbits
were running around. After looking into lots of gardens we arrived back at the hospital
where those of us who chose had a very nice lunch in the dining room.
A very relaxing outing.
OUR STROLL ROUND ILKLEY
We met at the bus station and caught the bus to Ilkley. The driver wondered what
had hit him when 17 of us piled on! It was a fine day – good for strolling. We took
the riverside path and there were ducks and swans on the fast moving river. We crossed
over to the woods where we usually see bluebells. No bluebells that day but a lot
of lovely wild flowers. Some of the strollers stopped at the riverside ‘pub for lunch
and the others made their way to the chapel tea room where we can always find something
good to eat. Afterwards were made our way back to the ‘bus station, taking in some
retail therapy before catching the ‘bus home.
THE HARROGATE FLORAL TRAIL
The July Stroll was lead by Mary Rutherford. On a lovely fine day, 19 of us went
on the Harrogate Floral Trail which is beautiful at this time of the year. Our first
stop was in the Crescent Gardens where the flowers were lovely and then we made our
way to the Valley Gardens where there were ducks on the waterside walk which brought
us to the Magnesia Well Cafe where we had a coffee stop. Then on to the beautiful
Japanese Gardens – well worth a visit. The Boating Lake was being given its annual
clean out as we passed by. On then to the New Zealand Garden where there were gorgeous
trees, flowers and clever tree carvings – a marvin and a kiwi. We strolled along
the upper path and came out to see the Crown roundabout display. Then we made our
way to Wetherspoons where we had booked the room to have lunch before making our
On the Ripley Greenway
On April 3rd Carol led a walk along the Greenway from Bilton to Ripley. There were
twenty ladies, one gentleman ( lucky chap!!) and Ruby.
There were a few cyclists and the odd dog walker that we passed but apart from that
it was very quiet.
We noticed that the Broom and Gorse were coming into flower and we also saw a lot
of wild violets, primroses and a few bluebells.
On the River Nidd we saw a Heron and a Woodpecker was heard in the trees.
After refreshments at Ripley, five ladies walked back along the Greenway to Bogs
It was a good walk, dry but cold, and we were accompanied throughout by Blue tits,
Robins and the odd Wren singing in the hedges for company. It was a great day!
Strollers round Ripon in August
Eighteen of us met at Ripon Bus Station in the sunshine. While waiting for last
two of the group some of us enjoyed coffee in Weatherspoons.
Refreshed, we made our way through the Cathedral grounds and then to the canal basin.
We then enjoyed a walk along the canal seeing youngsters in their canoes and a Dragonfly.
It was very pleasant seeing all the wildflowers etc. We reached the second lock and
the marina before we turned back and made our way to The Water Rat for a very enjoyable
The next stroll is in September when we meet at Kingsley road 10.00am to follow Bilton
Lane to Knaresborough.