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
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.
Roundhay Park in October
Fifteen Strollers met at the bus station for our stroll in Roundhay Park. The weather
was sunny with a beautiful blue sky following the torrential rain of the previous
Arriving at the Park we set off to walk round the lake where there was plenty of
wildlife on display although the flowerbeds were empty and the leaves were being
swept up. I think we chose the wrong month to visit!
Some of us went to the Monet and Alhambra Gardens and the Chelsea Festival displays
but, once again, the flowers were past their best. We went to the Tropical House
cafe for lunch after which we walked through the Canal Garden to see the totem pole
that had been cordoned off due to an nearby unsafe tree.
But, despite the unfortunate timing, an enjoyable time was had by all.
A November Stroll
On Wednesday November 6th I led a walk from the bus station to Harlow Carr. Three
ladies got on the bus whilst eleven others set off picking up two more walkers on
The weather was fine and dry with quite a few people about. We walked through the
Valley Gardens and the Pine Woods to Harlow Carr where the majority went into Betty's
for coffee. A few sat outside. Sally and I shared a Fat Rascal with a robin.
We then all made our way back to Weatherspoons for lunch, coming out to heavy rain.