“During a period of ill-health, I was grateful to receive a “Get Well’ card from the Fellowship via the Welfare Team”
Why I enjoy the Fellowship.....
A walk round Pateley Bridge
A small group of ten Walkers and Ruby the dog met in Pateley Bridge. We crossed the
river and took the road to Bewerley almost missing a gateway that took us into Fishpond
Wood. We had a brief stop at the pond and all the Mallard ducks came to see if we
had any food for them. No luck! After crossing the minor road we entered Strikes
Wood and after a level start we then commenced the climb which took us up almost
to the top of Nought Bank Road. From there it was a another short climb to Yorke’s
Folly. We were rewarded by great views up Nidderdale and we stopped for coffee despite
We then enjoyed the walk along Guise Cliff with more views including Gouthwaite Reservoir,
The view of the purple heather and a great view of Glasshouses. After we past the
mast where we had a view of Menwith Hill and the wind turbines we had a long descent
through Bark Cabin Wood and Parker Wood to Glasshouses where we looked at how the
development of the old mill is progressing.
The final part of the walk was along the track next to the River Nidd and then for
a very nice lunch at The Crown Inn on the High Street.
The September Burnside walk - Masham
A very good turnout of 21 walkers plus two four-legged friends, Lenny and Ruby,
enjoyed this walk on what turned out to be a lovely bright day and not too hot -
ideal for walking.
The walk took us through the streets of Masham past Theakstone’s Brewery and an animal
feed mill (both emitting lovely smells!). We then went out into the countryside along
tracks at the sides of fields, mostly stubble, the harvest finished. There was an
interesting section alongside maize which stood very high above most of us!! We noticed
the lowest cobs had been nibbled, probably by mice and rabbits. This section is part
of the Ripon Rowel Walk.
There were only a few stiles to negotiate and only 50 yards or so along a quiet lane
when our designated footpath had been interrupted by a freshly ploughed field, but
an alternative way was soon found,
Through a farm yard, another track towards the golf course where we enjoyed our refreshment
break on a low wall. The path took us along the edge of the golf course (to avoid
low-flying golf balls).
The path now followed the River Burn, then from the golf course into more fields
that were being grazed by the Swinton Estate’s Badger breed of sheep. Unfortunately
they had not eaten the thistles! Continuing to follow the River Burn through a wooded
area to its confluence with the much bigger River Ure. We saw and heard ducks and
other river birds.
The path took us back into Masham and into the square, then a short drive to the
Old Station Café where Volker and his team coped very well with 21 orders! An enjoyable