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This is the thirteenth year of walking for our group and our membership has expanded to 30, with an average of 15 members on a walk, not including dogs and children!

Our walks have taken in the beautiful scenery of North Yorkshire from local walks around Birstwih, Sawley  and Galphay and up to Ramsgill and Lofthouses. We even ventured into West Yorkshire with walks in the areas of Otley, Ilkley and Leeds.

We have experienced all the vagaries of the great British weather but we soldier on regardless and count it as a blessing when we get a warm dry sunny day. One of the main pleasures is seeing the changing seasons unfold with the daffodils, bluebells and the new-born lambs in the spring through to the summer wild flowers in the hedgerows, followed by the changing colours of the autumn leaves.

We have a few knowledgeable members in the group who can point out the history of some of the old houses and buildings that we see and the area in general, and the twitchers in the group can put a name to many of the birds. which is of great benefit to me as I can identify only two types – large and small!

Lunch at the end of the walk is the highlight of the day and the pubs and cafes in the surrounding area do not disappoint.

Finally, a thank you to the members who have researched the walks and have led them.

We look forward to the coming year being as enjoyable as the last.

Sheila Jones


“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.....
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.
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.
Gillian Oldfield