Why I enjoy the Fellowship.....
A CIRCULAR WALK ROUND BIRSTWITH
Seventeen Healthy Walkers, Ruby the Westie and two grandchildren met at The Station Inn, Birstwith for a four mile circular walk. We walked along Nidd Lane to the old packhorse route which climbs steadily uphill to reach the road to Brimham Rocks. After a short walk along the road we turned down to the hamlet of Low Winsley. We had enjoyed lovely views of Nidderdale and the beautiful autumn colours of the trees.
We headed through a wood to reach the old railway line which runs to Pateley Bridge. It would be a scenic ride if it was still operating. We reached the old packhorse bridge which was used by the monks of Fountains Abbey. We stood on the bridge for a group photograph and continued along the riverside path back to The Station Inn where we enjoyed an excellent lunch. The walk had been muddy in places but the day had been fine with sunshine.
A WALK THROUGH STOCKELD PARK
On a grey but fine November morning fourteen Healthy Walkers and Ruby the Westie set off from Spofforth for our monthly walk. We walked through the village and turned off onto the disused railway line, the Harland Way. After a short time we met Amadeas, a Grey Dane and his owner. He made Ruby look very small!
Eventually we turned up the hill to cross the main road and into Stockeld Park. We had hoped to have lunch and look at the Christmas gifts in the shop but it is closed on Wednesdays. Continuing through the park we eventually came into Sicklinghall where we stopped for our refreshments on seats by the village pond. We walked past cottage gardens which we admired and then turned off onto a track. On a clearer day we would have been able to see the White Horse at Kilburn but, unfortunately, it was too cloudy. We eventually made our way back to Spofforth where we had lunch
at The Castle Inn. We all agreed that we felt much better for the exercise and good company and look forward to planning our walks for 2018 at the beginning of January.