Wednesday, 18th December 2013

Walk: Tithe Barn Lane to Slean End, Grize Dale , Holme Wood, Grize Dale Bridge, Fell End Farm Potters Hill, Wyresdale Park and Snowhill Lane
Start Point: The Priory, Scorton Grid Reference: SD 503 488
Distance: 6.4 mls Ascent: 300 ft
Time: Nearly 3 hours    
Weather: Chilly, dull and damp with a short shower at start of walk.
Comments: Sixteen people braved the weather forecast for this pre-Christmas walk in familiar territory. The heavy rain and strong winds didn't materialise so it was a pleasant morning. It was a deceptively long pull up Grize Dale. This is usually done the other way round, now I realise why! The concessionary path through Holme Wood was new to many in the group and the board walks which have been constructed meant that potentially boggy patches could easily be traversed. Refreshed after hot drinks and mini-muffins, we continued across more open countryside and realised that the wind was getting up a bit. We encountered the usual boggy conditions around Potters Hill Farm. The Apple Yard Cafe was admired by many with a promise to call back sometime to try it out. Nobody purchased the fresh eggs on sale, but I have in the past and they were delicious. The food at the Priory was excellent and served quickly and efficiently. Although a longer walk than usual, it didn't feel too long as the paths were generally good and with a small group there were no delays at stiles. A good leg stretcher before the Christmas indulgences.

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Ann and her fourteen followers


Ten twenty on a grey day in Scorton


It's too wet and cold for bowling today


On the way to Slean End


Information on display at Slean End


Beside Grizedale Brook


Recent improvements to the path beside Grizedale Brook in Holme Wood


It's time for a hot drink


Fell End Farm is the next port of call


As seen on TV


Shell we stop and buy some

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