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
After looking round the shops, we caught the ‘bus back to Harrogate and all agreed
that we had had a very enjoyable day.
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,
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.
A STROLL ROUND ILKLEY
Our stroll on August 1st was to Ilkley. Twelve members met at the ‘bus station. The
weather was cooler than it had been, much to our relief. We were met in Ilkley by
Ruby, the Westie with her owner in tow! As we walked by the river enjoying the views
we saw two small blue Common butterflies with several white ones. We crossed the
river and returned on the other bank and then back over the pack horse bridge for
lunch at the Riverside Hotel. After lunch we split up and went in different directions.
We made our way back to the ‘bus station and arrived with plenty of time to spare
so we sat on a seat to rest our legs when, to our amazement, a sheep came trotting
through the ‘bus station. It didn’t stop to catch a bus but disappeared on its way
down the road – it didn’t seem to belong to anyone! We then caught the ‘bus and returned
to Harrogate after having had a good day out.
Through the Valley Gardens in September
Eleven Strollers met in the ‘bus station and walked to the entrance of the Valley
Gardens, admiring the flower beds on Montpellier Parade and also when they entered
the Gardens. We stopped to read a very interesting new plague on a wall about the
history of The Royal Bath Hospital.
We then walked on through the Pine Woods and enjoyed looking at the little wooden
doors which had been painted by children, clubs and societies. On arriving at Harlow
Carr some of our party looked in the shop and some treated themselves to coffee.
Then we walked back to town and had a very nice lunch in the private room in Wetherspoons.
On Wednesday, 3 October, ten Healthy Strollers set off along the Greenway Path to
Ripley. We were soon met by Sally with her dog, Ruby. It was a good, dry day and
although the sky looked grey there was always bit of blue to be seen. There were
lots of lovely wild flowers in bloom - wild orchids, scabious and clover and the
trees were covered in berries. The birds will have plenty of winter food!
We were blessed with the sight of two herons and also red kites. The icing on the
cake were the robins singing their little hearts out and hopping all around us.
It was a busy path with lots of cyclists and dog-walkers. One lady had a huge dog
- almost as big as a donkey. She said that it was a wolf-hound.
When we reached Ripley almost all of us went for a nice lunch at the Castle Tea Rooms.
Our next stroll will be the last one for this year. In December I have booked our
usual venue to plan next year’s strolls