February’s walk, following on from some pretty awful weather in the preceding weeks, took an intrepid and well togged-up crew of St G’s hikers east of Knaresborough on an interesting, muddy, walk. The route took in the picturesque and historic town as its starting point and followed a course through fields and country pathways, passing through the parkland of two country mansions. The latter stages of the walk took the shape of a walk alongside the River Nidd back into Knaresborough. With a short detour to view St Robert’s Cave, the home of an under-celebrated local Yorkshire saint. At the end of the 11 miles, the weather was even kind enough to allow us to sit outside to enjoy the always anticipated tea and scones by the river.
March saw us exploring Dallowgill, a little known dale near Ripon. We walked a 12 mile route following a trail of mosaics which have been dotted around the countryside by a local art group. Roman soldiers, a brown owl and even a pint of beer proved rather unexpected artistic features of that walk! Despite a rather sharp wind we enjoyed signs of spring life including some sunshine, early flowers and new born lambs.
Next month we are off to the Yorkshire Wolds, exploring rolling hills and Hockney country! If you would like to join us please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit stgeorgesleeds.org.uk/walking to find out more info.