Easby, Brompton, Skeeby – 16 August 2020

Posted by Pat Kassell on 2020-08-17

Easby, Brompton, Skeeby – 16 August 2020

Six of us (in line with current Covid-19 measures) met under the clock in Richmond market place on a damp Sunday morning for this walk which incorporated some lesser known paths between Brompton and Skeeby which I had explored extensively during the sunny lockdown months of April and May. 

We headed out of town on the old railway line to Easby from where we continued through the village and over fields to re-join the railway line again for the short distance between Broken Brea and Brompton-on-Swale.  Our route then took us along Parkgate Lane to Park Top and alongside fields that in May were bright yellow with oil seed rape but have now been harvested and are ready for their next crop – solar panels perhaps?

We stopped for our picnic on the bridge over Skeeby Beck, the sheep muck covered concrete being marginally preferable to the long, wet grass!  After lunch we crossed field paths (more long, wet grass) to skirt around Union House and joined the bridleway through St Trinians quarry back to Easby village.  Yvonne and Patrick demonstrated the Echo Stone for us and then we returned to Richmond along the riverside path and track.

The weather was not as unpleasant as it might have been; we only had one or two rain showers and, in fact, we got wetter from the tall vegetation than the rain.  Thank you to Patrick, Brian, Yvonne, Sharon and Diane for joining me.

Pat Kassell

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