Here is a picture of the Strollers taken on 21st August 2021. Members got the
bus to King James Retail Park or walked from Knaresborough to meet the group along
Abbey Road. It was a warm day and although quite busy it was very pleasant. Many
of the garden flowers were admired and some were lucky to catch a glimpse of a Kingfisher
near Low Bridge. When we reached High Bridge some went off in different directions
and ten of us enjoyed lunch at The Ugly Duckling cafe. Despite the forecast for rain
it stayed dry. Sixteen members came out, including two newcomers.
We are now in our tenth year of strolling and after the difficult time that we have
had everyone is eager to get together again, especially in the fresh air.
On Wednesday 3rd November nineteen members met to take the ‘bus to Spofforth. It
was a bright but chilly day as we joined the old railway track to Wetherby. Unfortunately
we had had a lot of rain on previous days so the track was very muddy underfoot in
places. The path seemed wider as they had been cutting some of the trees back. Towards
the end of the track we met three different paths and several of the Strollers went
in different directions. A good time was had by all and good eating places were found
before everyone made their way home on the ‘bus.
There will not be a Stroll in December as the planning meeting will take place on
Wednesday 1st December at Wetherspoons.
Our December Stroll
It was lovely to be all together once more and here’s hoping it will stay that way!
Since we were together we have had strolls to Knaresborough, Wetherby and several
nearer to home - trying to keep as safe as we can. Last week we had our planning
meeting at which we introduced some new places and we also welcomed new Strollers.
I would like to thank all who have contributed to the strolls so here’s to a good
HEALTHY STROLLERS 2022
Twenty Healthy Strollers met in December to decide on our Strolls for this year.
Our first Stroll will be on Wednesday, 2nd February meeting at the Bus Station at
10.20am for the 10.30am No36 bus. Merille is leading this walk.
We leave the bus at The Inn at South Stainley (previously called The Red Lion). The
path should be alright for walking. There is not a cafe or pub at the end of the
walk but we can catch the bus back to Ripley for refreshments or stay on the bus
back to Harrogate. Remember to bring your bus pass and we look forward to another
good year for strolling.
On Tuesday 1st February ten Strollers took the No 36 ‘bus to South Stainley and got
off at The Inn. Merille lead the walk and they crossed the road and walked along
to the lovely old church. They then walked along the track and then turned right
at the first junction and continued to walk up the path until they reached the road.
They turned right to reach the main Ripon Road once more. They caught the No: 36
‘bus again and alighted at Ripley where they had lunch in the cafe. The next stroll
is on Wednesday 2nd March when they will catch the X1 ‘bus to St. James’s Park to
walk along the riverside to Knaresbrough.
On Wednesday, 2nd March, twelve Strollers made their way along the Knaresborough
riverside from Abbey Road. The weather was not very kind to us but we had a lovely
time. The carvings are getting rather shabby but still very good to see. Further
along we saw swathes of snowdrops along the path and the daffodils were also beginning
to flower. We saw a family of robins which was a surprise as they are usually only
seen singularly. There were a lot of people out, especially the dog walkers. On
reaching the end of our stroll we all went to The Ugly Duckling for lunch and we
were made very welcome
HEALTHY STROLLER’S REPORT
Last year was a difficult one and restricted our strolls. Eventually we did venture
out along The Stray and round the Showground – it was lovely to be strolling again.
We met in December to decide on our programme for this year. So far we have been
along the riverside in Knaresborough, to South Stainley and to Hookstone Park. In
May we will be going to Pateley Bridge. We have a good itinerary for the rest of
the year – Covid permitting.