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A Howling Good Walk!

We went a wonderful new walk ( One of my aims this year is to do 4 new to us walks, this is number two).

Starting point was St Gregory’s Minster, Kirkdale, near Kirbymoorside, North Yorkshire. A church with an idyllic setting alongside a beck deep in the countryside.

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As you leave the church you cross two fields

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and into the bluebell woods. Still in full flower at the end of May.

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The path runs alongside the beck.

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Wild garlic on the banks. Take a sharp right up a steep hill.

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It was very steep and I stopped several times to admire flowers and observe a pheasant egg shell (have a huff and puff!). You emerge from the woods into a field with a view across the Vale of Pickering to the Howardian Hills in the distance.

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These little chaps have a lovely berth in the middle of the field.

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Then you cross a small country road and walk down towards Robin Hood’s Howl.

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I found this walk in my local paper the Gazette and Herald, and the columnist is Steven Hamess. He says that in this instance the word Howl means Hollow or Hole. This stretch of the walk takes you down a wooded valley and it is amazing.

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The wild garlic in places just carpets the entire floor of the wood. I have never seen woods look so white except in snow.

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Up one side of the wood we spotted this derelict building.

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No idea what it is.

The path is a mile long, and eventually you are back in daylight.

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Couldn’t resist another sheep picture

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You have a 1/4 mile walk back to the Minster along a country lane, the verges  were pink, think these are Ragged Robin unless you know different.

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A wonderful, wonderful walk. Hope you had the chance to go into the countryside this weekend. And if you enjoy blogs with lovely walks do check out Rainbow Junkie Corner and Wild Daffodil


10 Random things!

I did a 10 random things post back in February and it was great fun. Seeing Annie’s recently on Knitsofacto reminded it was time for another.

So here goes

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I just love this New Moon over the trees in our garden. I am never quite certain which I prefer a New Moon or a Full Moon. There is something just magical about moon light.

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And you can’t beat a Bluebell wood. These just smelled divine, of honey and childhood. We always went bluebell picking in the Spring. Since I had my own home I have grown bluebells in the garden so I can still pick them. And they are spreading year on year. This year I think I have enough to transplant into a new area of the garden. A really pleasant job for next week.

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We were given, by two of our boys,  a years National Trust membership for Christmas.This is Rievaulx terrace. Rich bankers are not a thing of just now. Imagine being able to build your own posh house and then finding that you had wonderful views of Rievaulx Abbey from your estate 9 miles away. What do you do, why build a terrace and a picnic spot.. this to be precise. Now owned by the National Trust.

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Totally loved this horse sculpture, half way along the Terrace.

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This made me smile so much last week in the New Forest.

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Loved this avenue of trees, picture bit rubbish on account of being in a car at the time.

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So recognize this from the Hovis adverts? Not West Yorkshire at all, but Shaftesbury, Dorset. Loved the views from here.

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Can’t resist a black cat in a churchyard, especially one who reminds me of my beloved Mrs Tigger.

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Ok so you will have to click on this picture to see the moorhen chicks. I don’t think I saw moor hen chicks before. This taken at Lulworth Cove.

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And a buttercup field. I just love the sight of a buttercup field.

So that was 10, but here’s a bonus

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Picked from my garden this week. The honeysuckle is spectacular and I just had to have some for the house. There is a blackbird and a robins nest in amongst it. Can you imagine a more perfect place to be a baby bird in?

Hope you enjoyed these, which was your favourite?


My Winter Wonderland- Pickering in the snow

This  morning I drew the curtains to see this.

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The promise of sunshine, blue sky and a walk. Chores done off I went, and no apologies for a really heavy photograph post.

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Called Wells Walk- no idea why, maybe there were lots of wells here once, or a family called Wells?

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Through the fence

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Scout hut- even this building looks pretty in the snow

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Nearly into the fields

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It’s not a snow day for the schools so no children on this hill now.

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I love taking this shot when it snows!

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Poor horses – they didn’t move at all, just looked COLD!

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Past the pottery

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Gate to nowhere !

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The track to Newbridge

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No trains today!

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Path to the castle- I just love the fence with its snowy caps!

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The castle in snow

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Over the rooftops!

My favourite shot- the Gate  to Nowhere. Which is yours? And where do you like to walk on a snowy day? Love tp hear from you…



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