“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 Grantley
Twelve Walkers met at Grantley Village on a pleasant day with only a slight breeze.
We left the village passing the old chapel and school (both now homes!) and from
there across several small fields. There were stiles - some rather complicated -
but all do-able as we helped each other.
We saw plenty of wildlife, farm animals and flowers. Cows with calves - fortunately
placid - sheep with lambs and some hens.
After leaving the fields we followed a grass lane onto Skelding moorland and allotments
where we could hear the lapwings and curlews and lots of moorland sheep with lambs.
On the top of the moor there was a group of boulders suitably placed for a rest and
drink whilst taking in the glorious views over the moor and far beyond.
We seem to be followed by two Chinook helicopters, obviously the army must have been
on manoevors in the vicinity.
From the moor we walked along the edge of a wood where some of us were fortunate
enough to spot a deer. Then across moorland again via a cairn towards the reservoir,
climbing an old wall-stile into the reservoir area, crossing the causeway between
two lots of water. There was quite an expanse of water on which were some fishermen
in a boat. Here we saw ducks. The walk took us around the reservoir, over a parapet
bridge and the sluice and dam. We were so fortunate to hear a cuckoo!!.
A Walk from Beckwithshaw
Seventeen Walkers met in the car park at Beckwithshaw Cricket Club on a cloudy, slightly
cool morning but thankfully no rain. Harrogate had experienced rain for most of the
previous day. What a difference a day makes.
The walk started on Pot Bank, between Beckwithshaw and Penny Pot. Due to the blind
bends, for safety we had to cross the road but made it without mishap to the short
cut which avoided walking over the narrow bridge. As this short cut isn't walked
regularly our trousers got a bit wet in the long grass. There were several other
fields later that we had to cross where the grass had grown long.
The meeting point of the walk differed from our printed programme and shortly into
our walk a phone call was received from 3 people who had been left behind. New arrangements
quickly made and after a brief wait we then made a group of 20.
Our walk was through the rolling countryside of Haverah Park, a Norman deer park
that was once part of Knaresborough Forest. We walked through several farms seeing
lots of animals - large white pigs, some cows and some sheep. There were also a couple
of alpacas amongst the sheep.
We saw skylarks, grouse, lapwings and heard curlews singing. The views on this walk
are lovely and Stainburn Forest and Little Almscliffe Crag were seen in the distance.
We also saw in the distance a gritstone monolith, as described in the walking route.
The monolith was not shown on the OS map and we were intrigued to find out more about
it. Sadly Mr Google was not able to provide any answers. If anyone knows, please
could they enlighten us.
We saw relatives of Val Dodswoth who were restoring a dry stone wall - you can't
go anywhere can you? They were making a great job using some beautifully coloured
stone - golden in places.
We next encountered sheep being moved to another field. No sheep dog used, Land Rovers
were guiding the sheep into the field.
Lunch was taken at Mill 67 and was much appreciated by the hungry walkers.
A farm lane took us away from the water, through a small wood and over a rustic
bridge. There were still bluebells and wild garlic flowering in the wood after which
it was across the last field onto the road leading into Grantley and on to our cars.
We had refreshments - sandwiches, cake and tea at G and T’s Ice Cream Parlour at
RIsplith, which is always a firm favourite. A good day had by all.