Why I enjoy the Fellowship.....
Twenty-three Walkers plus Ruby met up at the end of Wyke lane. We entered The Harewood Estate and travelled across an open field. The route we followed was part of The Leeds Country Way. We had a great view of Harewood House and its front gardens where they filmed the outdoor shots in “Victoria”. We then entered Stubbs House Plantation and crossed over Stubbs House Beck. We enjoyed the woodland path.
A few members of the group did a couple of little detours to see some of the “Emmerdale” set although even on the route you could see the sign for The Woolpack. After that we followed the route downhill and enjoyed views of Harewood lake. We were now on part of The Ebor Way. We soon had a coffee stop walking through Home Farm where several businesses are based.
The last part of the route to Harewood village gave us great views over Wharfedale to Almscliffe Crag. In the village we stopped for lunch at the Muddy Boots Café.
To get back to the cars we used the permissive path through the estate. We could see dark clouds and we just made it back before the heavens opened.
As expected we had seen many Red Kites and also some Highland Cattle. Everyone enjoyed the day although we were muddy and it was straight into the bath when Ruby got home.
On 25th April fourteen two-legged walkers and one four-legged (Ruby) set out round the Nature Reserve on a dry but cold day. The walk was led by Mary and Hazel and we saw a variety of birds en-route and stopped for a closer look from the eco-friendly hide which provided information and pictures of all the wild life seen at different times of the year.
The fields were full of cowslips and we also saw bluebells, forget-me-nots and celandines.
A badger’s sett was pointed out to us which is currently in use and we also saw plenty of rabbits.
A leisurely lunch was enjoyed at The Royal Oak pub and it was a good day, all round.
Twelve of us met in at Burnsall in May where we were greeted with lovely, clear, sunny day with a pleasant breeze, perfect walking conditions.
We set off from the village into fields with many stiles - thirteen in all - which we negotiated very well.
Fortunately one of the walkers offered to be the gatekeeper and she did an excellent job.
Throughout the first part of the walk there is a steady gentle incline before levelling out into a small copse with a stream and this was where we stopped for a short refreshment break before climbing the steeper part of walk. The views at this point are quite stunning, we could see for miles over the Dales.
We then headed into Linton village, an interesting and pretty little place. The green is set among an Old Vanbrugh - designed almshouse called Fountaine Hospital. There are three stone bridges and a pub called Fountaine Inn. The pub has been a listed building since 1954.
We had a most enjoyable lunch at the pub before heading off to complete the walk by the river.
Whilst walking by the river we encountered several points of interest and we were fortunate to see a grey wagtails, curlews, a family of goslings and ducklings, black lambs and we saw two lost lambs reunited with their mother.
All in all a good day was had by all.