Walking in Sunshine

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.DSC_0080

We went along old country lanes…

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…over wooden bridges where we could stop and smile at the little black lambs…DSC_0102

…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.DSC_0090

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!DSC_0083

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.DSC_0078

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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9 Responses to Walking in Sunshine

  1. rutigt says:

    Sounds like a lovely walk!

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  2. Serinde says:

    Lovely photos of your walk. The purple flowering plant with the serrated leaves is Honesty (Lunaria annua). Its seedheads are the ones that look like oval translucent windows.

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  3. nanacathy2 says:

    I enjoyed that thank you.

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  4. Ann Creek says:

    Jealous !! xxx

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  5. That was so fun! Thanks for taking me along!

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  6. jaya says:

    What a lovely way to enjoy both nature and company of friends!

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  7. KerryCan says:

    I love how available these walks are in your country–here, everyone posts “no trespassing” signs on their property so it’s harder to find accessible paths to walk!

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    • craftycreeky says:

      What you need is a mass tresspass like we had here on Kinder Scout back in the 1950’s, that’s how the National Parks started. Public footpaths are vigorously protected here, most of them are very ancient. Farmers and landowners don’t have to maintain them, but they are not allowed to block them or put a dangerous bull in the field!

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    What a lovely time with great conversation and scenery! Thanks for taking us with!

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