Thanks Chris x
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.
A very welcome walk today, organised by Jean - thank you! The forecast was "cold" so we were all very well wrapped up, and then steaming as we climbed over several stiles and puffed up a few hills. It was just brilliant to be out in the fresh air again, and to try to get rid of the effect of a few pigs in blankets if not all the Xmas pudding excesses! It was also just great to see everyone again after the Christmas and New Year holidays. A quick stop in the Mining Museum cafe before we all headed home was also fun, and good to see glamorous mates who didn't walk but joined us for coffee.
My gizmo (MapMyWalk app) registered 5.9 miles but I think it's on an "after Xmas go slow" too, so I'm clocking this one up as 6 miles at least. Here's a map of the route if you're interested in revisiting it.