Posted by Frank Broughton on 2019-06-25


Eight of us started from our meeting point outside Leyburn Police Station then followed the well-trodden path along Leyburn Shawl. The forecast for the day was dry but cloudy, in fact we had hazy sunshine for most of the morning and enjoyed stunning views of Pen Hill and Wensleydale as well as a splendid summer display of bright-yellow rock rose (helianthemum) on the limestone scars of the Shawl.

From the high ground, we descended on a path through farmland passing the large farmstead of Tullis Cote then diverted into Condenser Wood where we halted for a brief coffee stop before continuing through Preston-under-Scar, making our way down from this very pretty village to Wood End Lane and Redmire Church. We had lunch sitting in the churchyard then turned to head back east along a field path which led us into the Bolton Hall woods before diverting to Lord’s Bridge.

After a pause on the bridge to admire the view of the River Ure, we followed the footpath along the south bank of the river, another brief stop giving some of the party the opportunity to glimpse a pair of kingfishers flying past. We re-crossed the Ure at Wensley Bridge then walked through the village to take the path heading up towards Leyburn. On the way we walked along the edge of the Glebe Field, a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve where we saw, amongst a mass of other wildflowers, a profusion of orchids, including a very attractive bee orchid, whose flowers mimic the appearance of the insect it’s named after. From there a final but fortunately (fairly) gentle ascent up Low Wood Lane brought us back to the start of our walk in Leyburn and in my case a return home in comfortable time to watch England’s Womens’ World Cup victory over Cameroon.  

Frank Broughton June 19

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