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A walk to Ali Pasha’s castle

“It will be a nice easy stroll , we can park the car in the car park and it’s just a few yards up the hill, perfect for our last day!” Mr E proposed to me.

Humph!

Satnav led us to the nearest village to the castle. It towered above us on the hill top, the footpath said 1.3km.

“How hard can that be?”

Answer “Blooming hard”- the footpath was loose stones, gravel roots, undergrowth and remorselessly UP

To add insult to injury when we got to the top, there was the carpark and what is more one of those tourists trains had just come up from a stop near our apartment.

So was it worth it? Yes. The views were magnificent.

Ali Pasha, sounds a nice benign sort of chap. He wasn’t. An Albanian who lived 1740- 1822, began life as a brigand and end up a tyrant of the Ottoman Empire. More info on him here. Lord Byron apparently met him and he appears in the poem Childe Harold , and more on that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Childe_Harold’s_Pilgrimage

However he did build a jolly good castle , here come the pics

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The entrance and scene of much huffing and puffing from yours truly. Believe me the footpath was brutal, my left heel has still notĀ  recovered, it hurts a lot and I get occasional stabbing pains a fortnight later.

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Lovely views.

Inside is just as good.

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There are passages inside that take you down long corridors with views out.

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We came down by the road slightly further than that path, but easier underfoot.

Have a look at the incline

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Can you see the castle at the top?

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There it is a bit bigger.

Anyway much better pictures here

Love to know of any walks you have done recently, were they nice and gentle or a bit tough? This has got to be the hardest one we have done this year, and probably one of the shortest.

 

 

 

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

 

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