A short walk in Wensleydale 25 April 2021

Posted by Richard Wright on 2021-05-08


A fine, dry day.  Not unusual for April this year, but also, with almost constant sunshine, warmer than much of the month.  So, a very enjoyable stroll for just 5 of us: Ann Luxmoore, Jennifer and Mark Fitzgerald as well as Gwyneth and myself.

Setting off along The Shawl, our small group of 5 found it difficult to maintain separation from a slow group of 9 just in front of us, so a coffee break was taken looking across to Penhill.  Then we dropped down to Tullis Cote and the interesting remains of the Keld Heads leadmine buildings.  My 2005 OS map still shows the long-gone aerial ropeway, which once brought ore down from the workings up on the hillside above to the smelt mill and railway line at Tullis Cote.

We then cautiously crossed a field occupied by just two bulls, then the Wensleydale Railway line and a road to drop down to Wensley for lunch under the large tree on the small village green.  Leaving the village by Low Lane, we stuck to the road until joining a pleasant path along the North bank of the Ure, which was very low after an almost rain-free April.  Perhaps good conditions for the vineyard we passed, before turning North along field paths and making a beeline for the tower of    St Matthew’s Church in Leyburn and back to our start point.

Richard and Gwyneth Wright

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