It snowed all night and we awakened to silence with no traffic moving and a carpet of untouched snow apart from the footprints of hopeful birds and a passing grey squirrel. Should we go or should we delay the walk until next week ? The decision was taken that we would go and at 10.00 am 7 of us met at ED Walker Homes. We were soon able to reach Gainford along the freshly salted/sanded roads. With only three cars parking was no problem and we were soon on our way to Headlam Hall and Golf Course. Feeling as Good King Wenceslas must have felt we walked through snow, firm and crisp and even. Lunch was on Headlam Village Green and then passing the Alpacas warmly protected in their fleeces we made for north road which we crossed and followed a further bridleway. The sun was out but it was chilly and we were glad to see our route back into Gainford. The 6 miles took us 4 hours and we had some excellent conversations. Anne decided that we should have Tea and a Scone in Sam Turners in Piercebridge and they did not disappoint.
A lovely inaugural walk initially recced by Robert Wade.
Next Walks: Wednesday 7th February 18: Piercebridge to Gainford. 6.2 miles
Tuesday 20th February 18. Sockburn Lane Circular to Girsby 6 miles.