Due the ‘Winter Wonderland’ conditions our planned walk to Harewood Park had to be cancelled and everyone was informed that we would be meeting at the entrance to the Valley Gardens instead. Six intrepid Walkers arrived and we walked up to look at the Japanese Gardens before cutting across to meet the path to the Pinewoods. There was a lovely atmosphere as the schools were closed so there were children sledging and having snowball fights all around us. We paused to admire the view across the countryside towards the White Horse and, on reaching Harlow Carr, we decided that we had earned a visit to Betty’s! After indulging in coffee or hot chocolate and the odd Fat Rascal we made our way back through the Pinewoods and home again.
We felt lucky that we had been able to take advantage of the fresh air and lovely snowy conditions.
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.