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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 vergesĀ  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

 

Inspired Sunday!

I just love looking around churches and churchyards- the social history of ordinary people can be found here. Here’s a gem we visited last weekend.

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St Gregory’s Minster,Kirkdale, serving a rather big rural parish on the moors, is tucked away down a country lane. It is famed for its Anglo Saxon sundial now above the entrance to the church in the porch.

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Other carved Anglo Saxon stonework has been incorporated into the walls

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I also loved the carvings on the alter

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