“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
Our Boroughbridge Walk
On a lovely sunny day 23 members met in the main car park in Boroughbridge. We started
the walk round to The Crown Hotel where we all ordered our lunch.
After crossing the River Ure we followed a path between the river and a short bit
of canal called the Milby Cut. This ends at Milby Lock. We crossed by the bridge
and had a photo stop before we followed a track to Milby itself. Some folks were
busy watching Alpacas and others were admiring a Red Admiral butterfly on the Ivy.
After a short road section we turned into two newly-planted fields. Here we were
rewarded by the sight of two hares which, after going through hedge, we were able
to see running down the edge of the next field. The next section was along a lane
( stoat seen crossing road and robin singing) past a farm with a huge bank of solar
panels. The lane led us to Kirby Hill church where we had a coffee stop and also
some had a history lesson.
We were able to see great views of The White Horse and the N.Y. Moors.
We by-passed the main part of the village, going over the fields where we had a diversion
where they are obviously going to build more houses Our next destination was Langthorpe.
Past more new houses, almost completed. This took us to the river where we followed
a path that goes through the bottom of some lovely gardens.
Back at Boroughbridge a few of us stopped to look at the weir and the Salmon Ladder.
We were then back at The Crown Hotel where our lunch was all ready and served by
a very efficient team.