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Healthy Walkers
“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.....
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.
Mary Wyvill

A walk in Upper Nidderdale

The weather forecast for the 27th June was for a very warm sunny day so only 12 walkers and Ruby, Sally’s dog, met in the car park at How Stean Gorge to do a six-mile walk via Middlesmoor to Limley Farm and the source of the River Nidd. The walk back goes along a lane alongside the infant River Nidd through Lofthouse and back to How Stean and  forms part of the Nidderdale Way.  With not a cloud in the sky, the steep climb up to Middlesmoor was rewarded with clear views down the length of Nidderdale and we walked on, occasionally pausing to admire Gouthwaite Reservoir and to take pictures. There were hay-meadows and pastures with sheep grazing.  We caught sight of an occasional rabbit and the odd pheasant but it was probably a bit too hot for wild animals and birds to be much in evidence. The source of the Nidd was a dry stony bed with not a trickle of water till further along. The sandwiches at How Stean café can be recommended and it was interesting seeing the new glass floor over the gorge at one side of the café.

Judith Dewhirst


Bishop Monkton

On Wednesday, 25th  July, a warm summers day, seventeen Walkers and Lenny the spaniel met at Bishop Monkton.

We walked through the lovely village with its streams, across farm fields towards Littlethorpe, through the middle of a large free range poultry farm (allowed).

Some distance along the country road (Pottery Lane), through another beautiful village, Littlethorpe, which we saw had many lovely gardens and also a" pinfold", and St Michaels Church (built of bricks) - the day was now getting hotter!!

We then walked along the track past Ripon Motor Boat Club, across Nicholsons Bridge to reach Ripon Canal. Some of the group walked along the canal towards Ripon to view the marina and the boats and narrow boats. We were  fortunate to view a boat using the lock to make its way along the canal.

We then retraced our steps to rejoin the others with Ripon Racecourse now on our left with its ponds/lakes and bird life.

There were lots of lily pads on the canal and the sides were covered with colourful flowers. Another lock at Oxclose where the canal joins the River Ure was seen being operated before we left the canal side, walking a different route back across fields towards Bishop Monkton again, so hot now even the many free-range hens were not venturing into their fenced fields!

We arrived back at the Masons Arms for lunch, liquid and shade!

Jacqueline Taylor

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 the wind.  

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.

Sally Weatherill