The Yorkshire Dales walk 1

Away back in September we had a lovely week’s holiday in Richmond, North Yorkshire. We had a couple of days in the town itself to explore the castle and historic streets and also just to relax and read in the cottage. The rest of the week was spent walking of course!

Our first walk started at Jervaulx Abbey, we didn’t spend long here, just a quick wander and few photos

From here we briefly went along the A6108 and then down a farm track to a footpath along the south bank of the River Ure, we headed west. Just before Cover Bridge, the River Cover joins the Ure and the walked switched to the bank of the Cover. We’d had lunch on bench under the trees watching the river race by but still popped into the Cover Bridge Hotel for a drink and to use the loos!

The walk is easy to follow as it goes along the river, however we did go slightly wrong attempting to head away from the river, north to Middleham Low Moor, after completely losing the path we eventually found our way along the edges of a few fields and onto a road at the the edge of the gallops on the moor. We headed uphill for views of the Dale and of Middleham Castle. Sadly we were far too late in the day to see any racehorses on the gallops.

Then it was downhill into Middleham with time for a cup of tea before our bus back to Richmond.

Whilst we enjoyed this walk, we were annoyed at the signage giving out at a crucial point, we were supposed to be following the Three Dales Way but it didn’t seem to be that heavily used. As always we had an Ordnance Survey map but the paths shown on it didn’t quite correspond to the paths on the ground, we were never lost, going in the right direction just not on the path! We also felt the section along the river while very pleasant could have been anywhere, it wasn’t until we got up onto the gallops that we could see typical Dales scenery. Next time we’re in the area we will make sure to have time to visit the castle too, it looks very interesting.

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River Tweed Walk

What to with an unexpetedly blank Monday? Well go for a walk of course! The weather forecast was for a cloudy day so we decided to stay low and choose the River Tweed Walk, route 4 from the Paths Around Peebles leaflet we picked up in the Peebles tourist information last year. The walk starts in Hay Lodge Park in Peebles and heads west along the North bank of the river on a mixture of paths and an old railway. It’s all nice easy walking and quite flat. There are some nice views of the river and of Neidpath Castle.



The walk continues on the north bank until Lyne Station where you cross the river on a footbridge and return on the south bank.  This leg starts through the grounds of Barns Tower and Barns House

The next landmark is Manor Bridge and the Old Manor Brig, the walk crosses both of these and then heads uphill to a viewpoint over the valley

From here it’s through the woods back to Peebles


A lovely 7 mile walk and we enjoyed seeing the first signs of autumn

#30DaysWild Day 16 – Grantchester

After two lovely days exploring Cambridge we decided that we needed to escape the crowds and explore the wider area. On the advice of a local we decided to walk along the River Cam to Grantchester (thanks Celine, it was lovely).

We had spent the morning at the Polar Museum so our walk started at The Fen Causeway and then down to Sheep’s Green and Lammas Land where we joined the path along the Cam. First through woods, them some houses and onto Grantchester Meadows

Despite families picknicking and students cycling past we did spot some wildlife

On reaching Grantchester we headed for the Orchard Tea Garden for tea and cake under the trees, delicious.

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Mr Lmrlib had spotted something intriguing on the Ordnance Survey map, a travelling telescope, so of course we had to continue our walk to find out what it is. I’m not really any the wiser except it’s something to do with the university and involves big dishes!

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I did enjoy walking through the fields though, lots of wildflowers and butterflies

On our return journey it was good to see others out enjoying the river

Whitby and the North York Moors – part 2

Walk 2 – Levisham and the Hole of Horcum
We don’t have a car so plan our walks around public transport, in this case we chose to use the North York Moors Railway to get to the start of our walk, combining a fun trip on a steam train with our walk.

We took the steam train from Whitby to Levisham

From Levisham station it was a short, steep climb up onto the moor and then a nice easy walk across the moorland, there were lots of birds to spot (wheatear,  skylark,  windchat and curlew) and passed an Iron Age dyke

The moorland part of the walk took us to the rim of the Hole of Horcum. There are good views from here over to Fylingdale and into the Hole.

The next stage of the walk is down into the Hole of Horcum and through the valley

we then climbed back up onto the moor and eventually rejoined the path down to Levisham station where we watched a train going in the other direction as we waited for our own steam train back to Whitby

Walk 3 – Roseberry Topping
For this walk we took the Northern Rail train service to Kildale. From the station we walked through the hamlet and then uphill through a farm where we met a very friendly sheep and her lamb

we then got onto the Cleveland Way, going uphill through woodland to the Captain Cook monument

After a lunch stop at the monument we headed down the other side of the hill still keeping on the Cleveland Way, this took us right down to the car park and then back up onto the moor. An easy walk across the moor took us to the descent towards Roseberry Topping

Thankfully it’s a fairly short climb back up the other side to get to the top. It was a bit hazy so so my photos from the top were’t great, you’ll need to take my word that the views are good.

We took a different route down, heading towards Great Ayton for the train back to Whitby.

 

And this is where the day very nearly ended badly! We diverted slightly from our planned route and ended up in the most beautiful bluebell filled wood, the scent was glorious and we dawdled too long taking photos

The detour and the dawdling meant that we were very late for our train and must have made an amusing sight running through the village in full hiking gear, walking poles, cameras and all. Thank goodness for the young men who pulled over and gave us a lift, we made the last train back to Whitby by 2 minutes.

A great last day (with timekeeping and map reading lessons for me for our next walk!)