“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.....
HEALTHY WALKERS JANUARY WALK
The weather was fine and sunny for our first walk of 2022 and 19 walkers, including
two new members and a dog, met in Bilton for a leisurely walk to Knaresborough. We
walked along, catching up with everyone since the last walk at Harewood in November
and soon found ourselves with open views which belied the fact that we were so near
to Harrogate. We met another member who was waiting by Bilton Hall and continued
down the path to arrive at the main road in Knaresborough.
It was coffee time when we reached the first set of seats by the river so we sat
down for a break and then recorded the walk with a photograph (right). The party
then split up – some walking back to Harrogate, some going up to the market and some
continuing the walk to meet the main road. It was then decided to walk back and we
then chose different cafes for lunch. After that, we retraced our steps and walked
back to our cars in Bilton.
We all agreed that we had been very fortunate to have such a pleasant day for weather
in January and look forward to meeting again near Studley Park in February.
For our February walk the weather changed our plan from a walk in Studley Park to
a less muddy option from our starting point at the top of Whitcliffe Lane in Ripon.
We walked towards Quarry Moor Nature Reserve and then took the path parallel to,
and sheltered from, the bypass traffic. We crossed the bypass to walk to the village
of Littlethorpe. Here we posed for our traditional group photo around a bench with
a plaque in honour of the village’s Olympic diving champion, Jack Laugher.
We continued through Littlethorpe to the Ripon Canal’s Navigation Bridge and walked
to the canal basin for a coffee stop.
We followed the river along to the steps just beyond a rustic bridge for our return
across Hell Wath to our starting point, passing the metal soldier silhouettes on
The weather had been kind to us, not too much mud, and plenty of spring flowers starting
to appear along an enjoyable walk.
We stopped for a coffee halt and a photo at the seats above Caley Craggs where we
could just about see across the Wharfe Valley to Otley and Pool through the haze.
We continued along the path and over a stream reaching the lower car park. We then
crossed the East Chevin Road to Miller Lane, a steeper, rougher lane compared to
where we had been walking. This brought us to York Gate. From here we walked along
the road and back down over the fields to the car park, on the way directing a dog
walker to find one of his lost dogs.
One or two members did find the uphill sections tough going – I apologise but regretfully
most of Yorkshire involves hills.
Getting back in the car I noticed the temperature was recording 17 degrees - impressive
for a March walk!
Sixteen Members met on a misty, cool morning at Upper Shawfield car park for a 4-mile
walk on Otley Chevin. As we walked the sun came out and we were soon discarding our
fleeces. Some of the paths we were using are part of the Ebor Way Long Distance Footpath.
The ground was very dry for most of the way round.
There were lots of dog walkers with four or five dogs each. A construction company
were busy erecting new electric pylons as we reached the remains of the ‘Keepers
Cottage’ in the Deer Park area of the wood.
An April Bluebell Walk
Fourteen Walkers and a dog set off from the Ripley car park on a dry clear day for
our April walk. We walked through the village passing the castle and lovely waterfall.
We continued along the track meeting a lot of people walking dogs passing woods
on both sides where the bluebells were out in abundance and looked amazing. The
path continued and we had the only uphill stretch of the walk to reach Clint Bank
where we crossed to negotiate a stile and follow the path down a field to Hampsthwaite.
We walked along the road to the bridge, crossing carefully as it is narrow and has
no footpath and then turned back on ourselves to re-join the riverside path. Luckily
it was dry as it can be very muddy. Wood anenomes and celandines were in abundance
and the garlic was ready to burst open.
We crossed the bridge over the river and walked through the woodland and up a field
to a lane where we had our coffee break and where some of us sat on a stone seat
constructed as a memorial to a Harrogate nurse who was tragically killed whilst cycling.
The views were wonderful looking down over the valley and we sat for a while watching
the lambs. We continued along the lane and then down a field to re-join the riverside
where we walked back under the bridge and into Ripley but not before we met some
calves which I had to send away from the path with the help of Sue so that the others
could get away safely.