“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.
AN AUTUMN WALK IN NIDDERDALE
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.
Our November Walk
Nineteen ladies assembled at the Harewood Arms to start our walk around the Harewood
It was a gloomy, foggy day but at least there was no rain - that would come in the
form of a light drizzle towards the end of the walk and increase to a heavy shower
on the drive home. How lucky we were to be relatively unscathed.
Whilst we were waiting for the group to assemble Sally and Carol checked to see if
the small gate to the permissive path was open. It was and we were able gain access
to the estate and to start our walk there. On the footpath at the side of the A61
Sally became very excited when she saw a Number 36 bus pass us. On the back was a
photo of her nephew Rob advertising the late night Saturday Service for night owls.
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. We did see a blue tit, a couple of squirrels, a single
magpie who was cleaning his ears in amongst the sheep,
Stopping for a coffee break on a bridge Carol distributed her delicious ginger biscuits.
They were in the shape of gingerbread men and when turned upside down became reindeer.
Clever Carol had iced them too. Thank you Carol.
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. The derelict building we pass every year was in the course of rebuilding.
When we come back for our next walk it will be interesting to see how it has developed.
Next we passed lots of deer, in particular seeing two magnificent stags with grand
We passed Emmerdale with some location equipment, generators, toilet buildings, catering
equipment, cameras, lighting and cranes. There was no sign of any action but we assumed
there would be night filming as there were several covered cameras positioned in
the woods. No doubt we will see some night time skullduggery in episodes to come.
We arrived back to the Harewood Arms in just over 2 hours having walked 5 miles.
We had a delicious lunch in the pub without being disturbed by anyone's phone as
Samuel Smith's policy is no electronic devices in the pub -"let's just talk" - which
is what we did.