A Productive Walk!

Last month the walking group of my WI met down by the river for a walk led by Hazel around the allotments of Otley. It was a hot sunny day and we discovered parts of Otley many of us never knew existed! She led us along old lanes, footpaths, ginnels and snickets.

I’m not sure how widespread the idea of allotments is, so here’s a brief overview; Allotments are on council owned land and can be rented out for a small annual rent (about £30 round here) for growing fruit and vegetables (or flowers!) the idea I think is that one allotment is sufficient to provide for a family. These days many people just have half a plot as a full one is a lot of work, they have to be well maintained or you will lose it. There is a long waiting list for an allotment (about 4 years round here) and also a lot of pressure on councils not to sell them off for building.

We started off by the Archimedes Screw, an amazing piece of engineering which is now part of our flood defenses, it’s only recently been built. An Archimeian Screw is an ancient piece of engineering attributed to Archimedes of Syracuse (287-212 BC) which can draw water upwards in times of flooding, it moves very slowly apparently so it is considered wildlife friendly. It will be interesting to see it in action.DSC_0008

We walked along the riverbank, the River Wharfe runs through the middle of Otley…DSC_0012

…to Gallows Hill nature reserve, passing a few allotments along the way. DSC_0013

There are quite a few allotments in Otley, all beautifully kept. There’s about a 4 year waiting list to get one, you can grow vegetables and fruit…DSC_0018

…or just cutting flowers…DSC_0016

Loved these sunflowers…DSC_0022

As we walked through Otley we called in to a cafe for a well earned ice-cream, we were all looking a bit pink!DSC_0026

After our ice-cream we set off again, walking past the Otley mosiac…DSC_0034

…through Tittybottle Park to the end of our walk. I love that Otley has retained this park’s old name and not bowed to pressure from the PC brigade! The land was apparently acquired by the council in 1909 to make a park which quickly became popular with mothers and  babies, hence the name!DSC_0029

After twenty years of wrangling Leeds City Council finally gave permission to have boats on the river again at Otley this year. It’s great to see them back again, you can just make them out on the bank by the park opposite.

It’s lovely to have a walk around your own town sometimes, how ever long you’ve lived there there’s usually something new to see, we all have our regular routes through town and a walk like this makes you notice different places.

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 A Productive Walk!

  1. Simply lovely and I totally agree, a walk around your own town yields so much more than known before. I love the terms in your posts that are so foreign to here in the states.

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  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I quite agree about walking through town with different people. You see through different eyes that way. The big screw is most interesting. I have never heard of such a thing. I hope you don’t get floods but I would love to see it at work. The allotment system is always interesting. There is usually something thought provoking in each allotment. A unique way to garden in a small space.

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  3. wybrow1966 says:

    Bringing the tone down a little – Tittybottom made me giggle!

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  4. Laura says:

    Love the allotments! And thanks so much for teaching me about “ginnels and snickets”. I had to check that out on Google!

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  5. anne54 says:

    Delightful! Thank you!

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    Thanks for the explanation of allotments, very interesting. Here we have something called community gardens, and they are very popular and hard to get I think. Loved seeing your town, and the Archimedes screw is amazing. How cool that it is newly built.

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  7. nanacathy2 says:

    Fabulous name for a park. Great walk.

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  8. Sunny says:

    I have a deep love of Otley despite only having visited once, and for only 3 days, in November 2016. When I daydream about retiring in the UK, I dream of Otley!

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