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Healthy Walkers
“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.....

Healthy Walkers - September 25th


Carol Dobinson led three Walkers from Jennyfield Co-op to walk to Ripley. At the same time I left Starbeck with a group of six to meet up at Ripley. Carol’s group passed the school then across the A59 and along a good track to the A61. They saw dog walkers and blackberry pickers. After walking along Knox Lane they had a tricky route. Slippery stiles, a ploughed field and rather squishy cattle fields. After passing behind Daleside Nurseries, and a huge barn conversion, they joined the route to meet up with my group who had just strolled along the cycle track.

At Ripley the café was closed so a few Walkers went to the church and the rest of us went to The Boars Head for a very nice lunch.

On the return journey we spent about-an-hour watching the Elite Mens Cycle Time Trial and then we walked back along the cycle track to Bilton where we separated to go back to Jennyfield and Starbeck. All together each group did about 8 miles enjoying the fine weather and good company.

Sally Weatherill



On a bright autumn morning seventeen Healthy Walkers met in Pateley Bridge for a 6 mile walk. We walked along the riverside and up a lane past various caravan sites until we turned down a path to a bridge which we crossed and stopped for our refreshments among the old lead mine workings. We then wended our way up through the shale on the Nidderdale Way until we met the road where we enjoyed looking at more lovely views of NIdderdale.  We paused to admire three cheerful looking gnomes and some geese in a field and continued until we turned off the road to descend through fields and a lane into Pateley Bridge. We had a very enjoyable and well earned lunch in the Riverside Cafe and felt very fortunate to have been able to  complete a fairly challenging walk on a beautiful sunny day.

Gillian Oldfield


Our November Walk

Nineteen ladies assembled at the Harewood Arms to start our walk around the Harewood Estate.

We entered the gate and followed the very muddy footpath through the woods, reaching the gatehouse where we saw Christmas lights in the shape of two deer and a Christmas tree on the very modern balcony of the house.

We were then able to join a nice Tarmac path which took us up a hill and had the weather been kind we might have been able to see Almscliffe Crag - alas not today. Some of the trees still had their rust-coloured leaves on and made a good contrast the to green of the firs.

Next we saw highland cattle with enormous horns. They were fenced off thankfully. We were able to see the lake in the distance from here with lots of swans swimming on it. Next we passed lots of deer, in particular seeing two magnificent stags with grand antlers.

We arrived back to the Harewood Arms where we had a delicious lunch.

Jean Battison




Fourteen members and friends met in Bilton to walk to Knaresborough. When we reached Bilton Hall we were joined by three more walkers. The weather was rather dull and not too cold, but as we walked along the clouds cleared to reveal blue skies and sunshine. Signs of spring were all around us with clumps of snowdrops and daffodils in bud. We arrived in Knaresborough and crossed the road to the Waterside and stopped near the viaduct for coffee. We spotted some deer on the other side of the river. We continued walking and eventually reached the carved trees and St. Robert’s Cave. Then we retraced our steps back the way that we had come. As we reached the cafes on the Waterside some of our party left us and the others decided which cafe to patronise. After a welcome stop some members caught the ‘bus back and the rest made their way back to Bilton. The verdict was that we had been extremely lucky with the weather, had avoided all the mud and felt much better for the exercise and good company.

Gillian Oldfield