Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

Walk: Gargrave, North Yorkshire
Start Point: Car park behind The Swan Grid Reference: SD 932 543
Distance: 8.5 mls Ascent: 800 ft
Time: 4.5 hours    
Weather: Heavy rain the previous night gave a lot of surface water, swollen streams and a brimming canal. Sporadic showers intermingled with brighter, dry patches of blue sky and the temperature was mild. 14 Ramblers queried the wisdom of embarking on the walk after wet weather warnings but these were unfounded as the day progressed.
Comments: Fourteen Fylde Ramblers embarked on a figure-of-eight route from Gargrave centre, along the canal and through farmland and woodland to Flasby Village and Eshton Hall, returning to Gargrave and completing the walk to the Roman site of Kirk Sink, discovered in 1740 when drainage ditches were being constructed. Extensive remains, including a mosaic pavement, Roman Villa complex and many artefacts were excavated by Leeds University, leaving negligible evidence as the site is now returned to grazing pasture.
The combination of beautiful old architecture, disused lime kilns, historic remains and colourful legends made an interesting walk for a damp day amidst splendid autumnal countryside.

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A damp morning on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal . . .

 

but not damp enough to deter Fylde Ramblers

 

Climbing to Gambsbers Wood

 

Hoods down - the day's improving!

 

Fantastic fungi

 

We were too optimistic. Look at that surface water

 

Heralding a hard winter?

 

Still plenty of leaves on the trees

 

Brockabank, C16 & 17 with splendid mullioned windows

 

Lime kiln adjacent Brockabank's adjacent quarried outcrop

 

The tree surgeon works as unobtrusively as possible

 

St Helen's Well overflow provides a useful boot wash

 

The well is said to possess healing properties for eyes and conceals a stone image of St Helen in its depths

 

Friars Head - C17 symmetry with links to Furness Abbey and Fountains Hall

 

Drying off with a few patches of blue sky whilst waiting . . .

 

for stragglers from the orchid wood

 

Flasby Village security?

 

Windfall crab apples - plentiful and pungent underfoot

 

Distinctive Sharphaw in Autumn splendour

 

Indignity

 

Raining again at Holme House Lock

 

Regrouping to visit the Roman site at Kirk Sink

 

Kirk sink - little evidence of Romans, only Ramblers

 

A happy ending to every walk

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