Askrigg 22 March 2012
Walk from Askrigg Thursday 22nd March 2012
It was a beautiful early spring morning when we met at Askrigg for Steve and Carol’s 8 mile walk. There was hazy sunshine which was to stay with us all day, and virtually no wind.
There were 16 of us out today as we walked down to the Ure and headed eastwards along the river through fields to Nappa Mill farm, at which point we joined the old railway track for a while. We paused for a coffee break on the railway embankment before heading up to Woodhall and across the road. We began our ascent of the hills to the north east of Askrigg, noting a huge flock of starlings flying in formation – there were hundreds of them! We climbed steadily in the spring sunshine and headed north across to Woodhall Greets. This was new territory for almost everyone. When we reccied the walk some weeks ago, we were caught in a ferocious snowstorm and it really seemed like a different walk today.
We had lunch with great views across Wensleydale before proceeding westwards where we joined to the road leading down into Askrigg. The starlings returned and we were serenaded by curlews as we descended. We had a final stop just before we entered the village and at Graham Roger’s request, we finished the walk at the Kings Head, a real old fashioned pub which had been used as a location for the Drovers Inn in All Creatures Great and Small. Thanks Graham – a great way to finish the walk.
Another good turnout for a Thursday walk in glorious weather – sorry to keep mentioning the really good weather, but it was really, really good. You should have been there if you weren’t – the weather was really good…………
Steve and Carol Charlton