Healthy Strollers - September
On Wednesday 6th September 18 Healthy Strollers met to take a stroll in the Quarry Moor area of Ripon. Our Leader was recovering from an operation but bravely insisted in leading us. We took a shorter stroll than usual. It was a nice bright day and we set off over the fields and through a wooded area finishing at a lovely children’s play area with a pool attached . We were tempted to have a go on the swings but decided otherwise.
Walking along the river we saw plenty of ducks enjoying themselves. When we reached the end of our stroll we divided up to go to different eating places while others enjoyed some retail therapy
The next stroll is October 4th meeting at Ravenscourt, Knaresborough Road, for a surprise walk led by Mary
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
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.
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.
KNARESBOROUGH RIVERSIDE WALK
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.
A MAY STROLL IN ROUNDHAY PARK
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.