BLUE BELL WALK 21 May 2017
Blue Bell Walk 21 May 2017
There was 9 members and a new potential member gathered at the Morrit Arms for the Blue Bell walk up a very dry Greta. The season for this spectacle is usually early to mid may so with apologies that we may have missed the best displays, we set off up the slippery track beside the river Greta to hunt for the blue carpet. A brief stop was taken to see the old Bignall church and grave yard and wonder the reason for the church and community abandoning such a lovely setting. Further up the river at Brignall Banks the display was disappointing as the canopy had closed in and green ferns had overwhelmed the Blue Bells, but I knew of another location to see after lunch.
The drop down to Brignall Mill was a perfect chocolate box picture and crossing the river we had a small diversion due to the closure of the bridge at Hening Scar but we were stll able to see Scargill Castle and its restoration. Lunch was taken at the side of Gill Beck overlooking the Barnningham moors. Following the gill back to the Greta we came across my other location for Blue Bells and we were not disappointed with a magnificent carpet of Blue Bells and white garlic. I then had one of my senior moments when we had an adventure course of tree climbing through a number fallen of trees and part way through this obstacle I remembered the alternative track that bypassed the problem. Sorry fellow walkers, but it was fun. The way back via Crooks House and Wilson House was strait forward and the nice track down to Greta Bridge led us into the Morrit Arms for refreshments.