Leader : Nigel Medcalf. Distance : 10 miles.
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Nigel reports :-
Shortly after the Spring programme was announced declaring that today’s walk would begin at Glasshouses, the Tour de Yorkshire decided that they would also like to route their cycle race through that same village on the same date. With good grace, we backed down from any confrontation, parking problems or road closures and switched our starting location to Dacre Banks. Eight walkers turned out for a superbly varied route: the walk had a bit of everything. Initially we strolled along the banks of the River Nidd as far as Glasshouses before cutting uphill through oak woods along the Nidderdale Way to Guisecliff Tarn. This hidden lake is in a romantic fairy glen setting perfect for our ‘elevenses’ stop amongst the moss covered boulders. Over a few pasture fields a Red Kite overtook us as it sailed up the valley. A very short stretch of roadside walking brought us to the path beside Skrikes Farm and its delightfully picturesque beck. The foliage in Skrikes Wood shone with that apple green colour so characteristic of freshly-leaved Beech Trees in spring. Climbing through the wood we emerged onto the moor where we took a picnic above Fosse Gill. Even higher onto Nought Moor we visited Yorke’s Folly, now known locally as ‘Two Stoops’ which is a pair of stone pillars styled to appear as if part of a ruined arch, though in truth they remain almost fully intact from their original construction. Originally there were three stoops, the third having collapsed during a storm in 1893. The Folly was built during a time of hardship and low employment, as was common to the victorian era the building of the folly allowed the wealthy Yorke Family to provide paid work and food to needy workers. The highest point on the walk was reached on the moor above Abraham Crag and its attendant communications mast with wide ranging views past Pateley Bridge up Nidderdale to the NW and down towards Menwith Hill to the SE. Dropping back downhill to Dacre Banks welcome refreshments were taken in the Royal Oak, a very friendly pub with a wide range of excellent beverages.