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A walk Around Knaresborough
On January 23rd we were blessed with a bright sunny day when 18 walkers met at Waterside,
Knaresborough. We started following the route of the Knaresborough Round and from
Low Bridge we climbed a short distance up the hill to come out onto open fields.
Here some of us saw a fox and we all enjoyed views to the south of Harrogate. After
safely crossing the railway line and avoiding golf balls, we ended up at Forest
Lane Head where we stopped for coffee.
Then it was The Beryl Burton Cycle Way before we turned down to the river and Horseshoe
Field. After crossing the river we toured around Conningham Hall and finally dropped
down to Waterside and lunch in one of the riverside cafés.
Sculptures in Conningham Hall grounds
A WALK ROUND FEWSTON RESERVOIR
Twenty four walkers met in the car park at Fewston. It was a quiet uneventful walk
but nevertheless an enjoyable outing. Twenty two of us then went for a ‘pre-arranged’
lunch at Millstones which offered a varied menu that suited most tastes. The well
stocked Farm Shop was also popular which added to a very pleasant day out for everyone.
A CIRCULAR WALK ROUND MARKINGTON
Thirteen Healthy Walkers and Ruby met in the Village Hall Car Park in Markington
on a fine day. Our numbers were depleted due to an outing to the Leeds Grand Theatre
and holidays. We set off across the football pitch and onto the road and then turned
into a lane and Markenfield Hall came into view very soon. We crossed a stile and
walked across a ploughed field which fortunately was dry and arrived at the Hall
and admired the Black Swans on the pond. Several members had a conversation with
a guide who happened to be in the car park and he encouraged them to visit the Hall.
There were lovely spring flowers growing in front of the Hall and we stopped for
coffee and chose our lunch from menus that had been obtained in advance. Crossing
another field we encountered a party of volunteers who were repairing a dry stone
wall. We made our way to a lane along which we walked enjoying views of the church
in Studley Park and How Hill on the horizon. We then turned off into a field which,
on a clear day, would provide a view of The White Horse at Kilburn but, unfortunately,
it was too overcast. We eventually met the stile near Markenfield Hall again and
made our way back to the car park. We arrived at The Yorkshire Hussar Inn to find
that our very enjoyable sandwich lunch was ready for us.
Sixteen Walkers and two children started from Pool-in-Wharfedale on an overcast morning.
Firstly crossing the busy main road and then re-crossing it to climb a roadside stile
into a field. Following the field track it was a lot quieter and less dangerous!
We crossed into another field and climbed up to reach Hilltop Farm from which there
was a beautiful view back over fields.
We walked up to Stainburn Church, a small Norman church, where we stopped for refreshments.
We also met a group of U3A walkers in the churchyard. Continuing on our walk and
climbing yet more stiles, we saw evidence of Spring all around us from a chaffinch
singing his song on top of a hawthorn tree to the chiff-chaff of a chaffinch calling
and a few swallows dipping and diving overhead. Spring lambs and rabbits were in
the fields with violets and bluebells in the hedgerows. The trees were blossoming
and you could smell the wild garlic. This beautiful six-mile springtime walk was
full of interest and new life. We ended the walk with a nice lunch at the farm shop
on the Harrogate-Otley road.