Leyburn, Bellerby and a Secret Waterfall Sunday 3 March 2019

Posted by Pat Kassell on 2019-03-06

Leyburn, Bellerby and a Secret Waterfall

Sunday 3 March

Eleven of us met opposite the auction mart including two potential new members and set off for the first part of the walk across field paths to Bellerby. We were soon down to nine as Richard and Gwyneth opted to peel off on a shorter route.  The weather was dry but a little breezy with rain forecast for early afternoon.  We paused on the village green at Bellerby for an early coffee break and then made our way through the village, past the church and across more field paths towards Harmby Moor. When we had reccy’d the walk a couple of weeks’ earlier we had seen two or three hares but there were no sightings this time.  We crossed over the main road at Harmby and had our lunch stop next to Harmby’s “secret” waterfall.  It is quite a surprise the first time you stumble across it as there is no indication from the main road of this stream tumbling down the hillside through the trees.

After lunch we continued along Harmby Garth where the daffodils were blooming and then westward through Craken House farm along fields to the south of Leyburn.  From here there are wonderful views across to Middleham and up Wensleydale.  Our route back into Leyburn was up Low Wood Lane and we arrived back at the car park just as the first drops of rain came.

This is a very pleasant 7 mile walk around Leyburn and I was surprised (and pleased) that it was a new route to most of our fellow walkers on Sunday.  I must thank Richard Wright for the route which was included in the Books and Boots walking festival a couple of years’ ago.

Pat Kassell

5 March 2019

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