A Wander in Wensleydale 6 June 2021

Posted by Ian Stevenson on 2021-06-12

A Wander in Wensleydale

10 club members assembled in Leyburn market place for the walk led by Brian.  The forecast was cloudy with possible rain later in the day; how wrong they were.

We set off down towards St Matthew’s church where we turned right and over the railway making our way to the field path down to the Middleham road where we crossed onto a lane leading past the Christmas tree farm, admiring the various types.  Some of us started to remove layers, as the sun was out and getting hotter.

After continuing on field paths towards Spennithorne we crossed a small footbridge over Spennithorne beck  and, as it was a nice spot, had our 11:00 coffee break.  Fully refreshed we continued on into Spennithorne; heading out of the village we left the road and resumed the field paths that were quite lush and green and we soon came to Cover Bridge continuing to our next destination East Witton, the sun was hot by now so we opted for the shade to eat lunch admiring the village green that is exceptionally long.

Now again refreshed we started the next leg out of the village making our way over the fields to Hullo bridge where we crossed the river Cover to make our way up to Pinkers pond and then along into Middleham, entering the village by the well kept castle, stopping by the cross that is not a cross for our final refreshments - well those who had some left.

Final leg back over fields to join the road leading back to Middleham bridge.  After negotiating the road we crossed the bridge and took a slight detour over fields to pick up the path back past the Christmas tree farm so avoiding road walking, crossing Middleham road we retraced our morning route back up to Leyburn. I recorded 10.7 miles, and I think everyone agreed it was a pleasant walk, with thanks to Brian for putting it together.

Ian Stevenson

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