Hawnby Walk 27 November 2017
Hawnby Walk 27.11.17
Seven stalwarts and leader met for an early start at Hawnby church with the expectation of a good stride of 12.5 miles and improving weather prospects.
Bob led us south over Hawnby bridge, where we turned left to cross “clarty” fields to follow the River Rye. We ascended to the deciduous Cliff wood, eventually dropping down alongside the river. At one stage the leaves and steep muddy banks, necessitated crossing a wooden walkway, which in itself proved treacherous.
Whilst, appreciating the remaining autumnal colours, the bare trees afforded a clear view of the beautiful, Cistercian Rievaulx Abbey. Established in the 12th century it became one of the wealthiest in England, a vibrant educational and industrial centre - trading in wool and iron before dissolution in the 16th century. It is now managed by English Heritage.
We continued onto Ashberry farm, swinging north westwards, passing large fish and duck ponds we had our picnic lunches in a gazebo style -shooting lodge complete with barbeque and plastic Peregrine Falcon.
Onwards through Spring wood to open farmland to head for Cold Kirby. After reaching Murton Grange farm we enjoyed one of the most picturesque views in the North York Moors across the Ryedale valley overlooking Hawnby. We crossed the road to descend into the valley, catching a glimpse of a short eared owl in flight. Before approaching Sunny Dale Farm we passed the derelict house with its authoritarian Yorkshire instruction to “Look round and get out”, before crossing a stream to reach our start point.
The Inn at Hawnby beckoned and we sat, before a roaring fire, putting the world to rights through “interesting times”!