Wednesday, 16th January 2019

Walk: Snowhill Lane, Wyresdale Park, Potters Hill, by pass Fell End Farm into Grize Dale ,  Slean End and Tithe Barn Lane  - a walk around Nicky Nook.
Start Point: The Priory, Scorton Grid Reference: SD 502 488 
Distance: 5.2 miles Ascent: 400 feet
Time: 2.5 hours
Weather: Chilly, dull and damp but brightened up as the morning progressed.

Nineteen people met at the Priory for today’s ramble, a goodly number considering the bad forecast. Thirteen went on the planned walk ‘around the hill’. As it was a small group we kept together quite nicely and all managed the slight inclines we encountered. We remarked about the road closure on Snow Hill. A lorry had damaged the wall on the small bridge and so there was no access for traffic but it would be OK for pedestrians. Many changes had taken place around The Apple Store with extended parking. The footpath is still diverted around Potter’s Hill Farm but I wish they would construct a more manageable stile. The horses seem to have gone, or were in stables, but the fields had several varieties of sheep. One particular breed, Coloured Rylands, were new to most of us. Although we encountered plenty of puddles we were fortunate not have much mud and it was a blessing that the rain had passed through earlier and we arrived at the Priory with dry over trousers – although mud splattered.

Six went on a shorter walk along the river to Scorton Picnic site and then returned via The Apple Store and Snow Hill. The Priory produced very tasty food, nicely and efficiently served, so we had a good morning out.

The leader performing a - no rain - dance

Departing Scorton via Snowhill Lane

The entrance to St Mary’s, St Paul’s Church

Entering the Forest of Bowland . . .

and leaving Scorton

An ornamental well in need of some TLC

The location of a Mole Trap with marker

After a bit of research, these teddy bear sheep . . .

are ‘Coloured or Black Rylands’

Seen at Potters Hill Farm

The leader and friend at Grize Dale

Most of the group passing through Grize Dale

The last ascent of the walk up to Slean End

Information at Slean End

St Peter’s Church Scorton – a land mark
when travelling on the M6 Motorway

Entering Scorton village

An alternative walk

A typical Scorton property

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