Gilling 17 May 2012
Gilling West 17 May 2012
Ian (Scarface) Dale
Cold leaden skies and an unpromising forecast may have put a few folk off but eleven walkers assembled at Gilling West for this local stroll through meadow and woodland. In fact, the weather improved and nobody got wet. You don't have to go far in this part of the world to find yourself in serene countryside, and this walk fits the bill. From Gilling we took towards Hartforth and then turned down the lane at Home farm (now a house which has pretensions to be a stately pile). The route follows Hartforth Beck where we turned into the wood to get a view of carpets of bluebells though mostly of the Spanish kind unfortunately. It was there, on a steep bank, that our leader Ian had a mishap in gallantly helping walkers over a tricky patch. He slipped and made a rather nasty mess of the side of his face; nothing too serious and Ian brushed the matter off. I assured him that a lunchtime pint would sooth his injuries. We pressed on via Whashton Bridge and into Ravensworth where Ian took his medicine at the Bay Horse assisted by Graham and others.
After lunch on the green there is an interesting path which leads up to Kirby Hill - lots of interesting features suggesting an ancient settlement site. Crossing the green we took a path behind the village and then dropped down across the main Richmond road and into Whashton village. Turning left at the Hack and Spade, decend to the T-junction, go right and take the footpath that leads to the top end of Hartforth wood. From there the route lies past Crabtree House Farm, along Waters Lane and across the meadow past the church and back into Gilling West. We felt that Ian was in need of more 'medicine' at the local after which most of us retired to Glenys and Graham's house in Gayles for tea, cakes and scones in front of a good fire... Hard to better a day like this despite the weather!