Leader : Ian Bagshaw. Distance : 7 miles.
Mid week walk – Wednesday 20th June 2018.
8 Club members met at Jervaulx Abbey Car Park and by 11.00hrs we were on our way. We followed the south side of the River Ure following The Yoredale Way – just a little breezy and would it, wouldn’t it rain ? – it didn’t. On to the bank of the River Cover at Cover bridge where at the Inn we stopped for our 12-o-clock break. Then over Ulshaw Bridge with its 1674 sundial –sadly now without it’s 1674 dial and onto the northern bank of the River Ure.
Could it get better as we crossed England’s green and pleasant fields on our way past Danby Hall (Magnificent Elizabethan mansion, once the ancestral home of the Scrope family). Well yes it could as after further fields we arrived at St Oswalds Church which is one of Wensleydales oldest churches. First Church any of us had ever seen completely heated and lit by gas and an oil lamp in the centre of the ceiling.
There is a short ascent into Thornton Steward which is a delightful hillside village perched 400 ft above sea level. The village hall must be the most welcoming in the whole of England – Immaculate toilet facilities and tea available in the main hall for a small ‘honesty fee’. And the site of the defibrillator which was not needed !!
After lunch we walked down through the village after perusing the Village Information board which was very busy with information – wish we could have had time to do it justice. We crossed fields with noisy lambs making for the bank of the River Ure. Slight hiccough as the path we had passed easily on our recce was now overgrown. Having survived an impressive pioneering expedition we arrived at Kilgram Bridge – apparently built by the devil in a single night !! At this point Marg pointed out a beautiful path cut through the corn which would have prevented our pioneering.
It is then a bit of a drag up Masham Lane to East Lodge where we joined the track back through the grounds of the Jervaulx estate. More sheep and ducklings on the pond and soon we were back at the point from which we had started 4 ½ hours earlier – 7.4 miles which is a tad over the advertised 7 miles.
Great day, great walk, great company and gripping countryside – forgot to mention the panoramic view of Pen Hill. Tea at Jervaulx Café was a bonus.