A great crowd today, when 36 of us joined Caroline as she led a 6 mile walk starting at Badsworth and heading through Thorpe Audlin and Upton. It was fine and fresh, and only a bit muddy in a few places; great walking weather and lovely to see so many of us back in our boots again after various illnesses and holidays etc. Thanks Caroline!
Photos and reports from the Youth Hostel Weekend in Helmsley are all on the dedicated Helmsley Weekend page. Find it here Helmsley - March 2019
This funny report came from Chris following Sue's walk from Pockington around the Vale of York.
"Got the ladies to pose in a symmetrical line with the colour of coats that doesn't show up particular well now. A lovely 8 mile walk. Starting at Pocklington - which I mistakenly thought would be flat. How wrong was I. 6 of us in total. Finished the walk in an ice cream parlour. Too much choice but went for lemon and ginger."
Chris's symmetrical ladies!
The Walks Programme said Reccy Weekend so that's exactly what Chris did! AND she reported back for the blog too! Here's her missive "9 miles at Thirsk for the YHA weekend. Plenty of arrows around to help me find the way (once I'd started in the right direction! !!). Loved the street name."
Thanks Chris x
Jean led a large group of us today, 35, on a lovely walk up and around Denby Dale . We were blessed with sunshine and good humour. It was cold (it's January!) so at lunchtime most of us chose to shelter from the wind under the wall, where we were observed by some four-legged friends.
There was much discussion about whether said friends were Alpaca or Llamas - so I did some research and it's my opinion that we saw Alpaca. I'm no expert but modernfarmer.com explains that Alpaca ears have short spear-shaped ears while Llamas have much longer, banana-shaped ears. For those of you who want more info, check out my research here modernfarmer.com/2015/09/difference-between-llama-and-alpaca/
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Not satisfied with delivering a great walk and good weather, at the end of our walk Jean also reserved places for us all at the Denby Dale Hospice Coffee Shop where we managed coffees, teas and cakes, all served with a smile by the volunteers there. Thank you for coping with the sizeable muddy-boots brigade so cheerfully ladies!
30 of us set off from Notton Village Hall for this 7 mile walk around Royston today - and 30 came back so a good result. Thanks to Anne, Jan, Elaine and Jane for cakes which were served up with tea and coffee after the walk, with proceeds going to the Salvation Army. Some walkers took this fundraising seriously and tried several pieces of cake; even 3 pieces in one case but she should remain nameless!
The walk itself was a circuit around the village of Royston and took in paths along old railway lines, canals, through woodlands, and fields, some of which were muddy but we enjoyed mostly easy walking today with only TWO stiles! We ate lunch by the promised "Blue lagoon" which may be a tad over-optimistically described but was pleasant and came with its own entertainment in the form of a grumpy male swan showing off a bit. I'm told it was a male swan; I wouldn't know a male if it bit me, which this one looks poised to do once or twice today. That aside, a good day in the fresh air when the weather was kind to us with no rain. Photos will follow if I receive any.
Message from Jayne
"Lovely walk today with six of my friends on the Denby Cumberworth Circular. Varied terrain and views and the sun shone, what’s not to like? Apparently my description of the walk as ‘Easy’! I think they had eaten too many mince pies over Christmas, all those hills weren’t that bad surely?"
I understand there are some photos on their way; they'll be loaded as soon as they arrive.