On 25th April fourteen two-legged walkers and one four-legged (Ruby) set out round the Nature Reserve on a dry but cold day. The walk was led by Mary and Hazel and we saw a variety of birds en-route and stopped for a closer look from the eco-friendly hide which provided information and pictures of all the wild life seen at different times of the year.
The fields were full of cowslips and we also saw bluebells, forget-me-nots and celandines.
A badger’s sett was pointed out to us which is currently in use and we also saw plenty of rabbits.
A leisurely lunch was enjoyed at The Royal Oak pub and it was a good day, all round.
Twelve of us met in at Burnsall in May where we were greeted with lovely, clear, sunny day with a pleasant breeze, perfect walking conditions.
We set off from the village into fields with many stiles - thirteen in all - which we negotiated very well.
Fortunately one of the walkers offered to be the gatekeeper and she did an excellent job.
Throughout the first part of the walk there is a steady gentle incline before levelling out into a small copse with a stream and this was where we stopped for a short refreshment break before climbing the steeper part of walk. The views at this point are quite stunning, we could see for miles over the Dales.
We then headed into Linton village, an interesting and pretty little place. The green is set among an Old Vanbrugh - designed almshouse called Fountaine Hospital. There are three stone bridges and a pub called Fountaine Inn. The pub has been a listed building since 1954.
We had a most enjoyable lunch at the pub before heading off to complete the walk by the river.
Whilst walking by the river we encountered several points of interest and we were fortunate to see a grey wagtails, curlews, a family of goslings and ducklings, black lambs and we saw two lost lambs reunited with their mother.
All in all a good day was had by all.