Easter Sunday 2018 Ellerton Scar
Easter Sunday 2018 Ellerton Scar walk
It wasn't just Brian and I on Grinton Moor for the start. In fact there were ten of us! Since I'd planned to begin at the church, we ended up wandering towards Cogden Gill in others' footsteps before joining the route at the Prehistoric burial on Cogden Heugh and walking east along the wall line.
The wind was chilly and there was the odd snow flurry but the weather was much better than expected. The ground was also better than the previous day's snow and rain implied.
We trotted on through the occasional soggy or heathered ground until the steep and slippy descent across Juniper Gill. The lost trees have finally been replaced with new plantings - yes junipers! We can expect gin in a few years.
The track over the scar seemed to have been improved or at least well trod so that even I was confident of avoiding sudden precipitous death. Coming down into Stock Bridge Lane we discovered a new(ish) footbridge worthy of the Severn and wide enough for a good Smart car to cross - unlike the eroded lane itself!
Lunch at Downholme church under the gaze of the Celtic Spring God with a round of dark chocolate for dessert to mark a different one.
We crossed the river to Marrick Park. We split at the Nun's Steps with Barry,Ann and I zigzaging down the grass path to Wood Farm to check on the Stepping Stones - the farmer and farmer's wife helpfully warned us of the inherent dangers : all the stones were under water and two may have been missing. So we carried on to Grinton bridge and made our way back to the cars.
It was a fun day out with views few get a chance to see and a good smattering of history to boot ( yes, from me! ).