Our Women’s Institute walking club met on Monday for a glorious walk around Menston, a village next to Otley where I live. We try and meet up once a month once the weather improves (we’re fair-weather walkers!) and usually we do have good weather. Monday was no exception; the sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky!
We walked up towards the moors and then across the fields towards High Royds. This used to be a huge psychiatric hospital, built in Victorian times, it’s now redeveloped as a new village.
We went along old country lanes…
…over wooden bridges where we could stop and smile at the little black lambs…
…but we were very pleased to be on the other side of the wall from these gorgeous calves. Cow with calves are very unpredictable and people do get trampled occasionally.
There were lots of wild flowers to see and smell, blue bells, wild garlic, forget-me-nots and lots more I don’t know the names of!
After a lovely walk we had welcome cup of coffee when we conveniently passed the house of one of the walkers 🙂 It’s great to have a couple of hours just gently walking and chatting, time to catch up on what everyone has been doing. Today’s walk just reminded everyone what lovely countryside we have just on our doorstep.