Bolton Castle and Carperby from Aysgarth Falls 8 March 2018

Posted by Steve Charlton on 2018-03-12

Bolton Castle and Carperby from Aysgarth Falls 8th March 2018

 

There was a hint of snow in the air as 10 of us gathered at Aysgarth Falls car park, the week after the “Beast from the East” had brought droves of snow to the region. The roads were clear but some snow remained on the hills, looking glorious in the early March sunshine.

We entered Freeholders Wood and lingered at the Lower Falls which were in full flow following rain and snow melt. We had a pleasant ramble through fields with views of Bolton Castle, pausing for coffee with views in the sunshine. The only real climb of the day was the road to Bolton Castle where we admired the wooden dragon sculpture which is maturing nicely. Lunch was taken in front of the imposing castle which was built from 1381 to 1399 and is famous for the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots for some months in 1568.

Following lunch, we strode out westwards along the moor and it was here that we began to notice how deeply the snow had drifted – sometimes theses drifts were a good 10 feet high and will take many weeks to disperse. We descended to Carperby and then returned back to the car park, making good time.

Many thanks to the 8 who joined us on this glorious Spring day which proved to be very rewarding.

Steve & Carol Charlton

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