Lady Anne’s Way

We’ve had a very dry spring so far and the weather over the Easter Bank Holiday has been glorious, hot and sunny. My OH and I decided to go for a walk and my walking buddy joined us, we had a great day out.

We’ve decided to walk Lady Anne’s Way as practice walks for our big walk in June (Cleveland Way). Lady Anne’s Way goes from Skipton to Penrith, 100 miles in total! We’re just doing it in bite size chunks so we might not finish it til next year but it gives us something concrete to do rather than just finding local walks to practise on.

On the way up to Skipton we drove through Ilkley. Last night, as a result of all the dry weather we had (and I suspect a BBQ!) there was a large moor fire on Ilkley moor, as well as dozens of fire engines they were using helicopters to drop water. This explained the ‘low flying airplane’ I thought I’d heard in the night! This morning much of the moor was still smoking, it was quite shocking to see. Fingers crossed it stays under control!

Ilkley Moor fire

The walk starts at Skipton Castle, which is about 900 years old! Lady Anne Clifford was born there in 1590, she was the last Clifford to own Skipton Castle.

Lady Anne's Way

We rose quite quickly out of Skipton, well what I should say is the path rose steeply out of Skipton, we huffed and puffed our way up, stopping to admire the view lots of times!

Lady Anne's Way

We then made our way over undulating farmland to the village of Embsay, where my walking buddy lives – we resisted calling home for a cuppa, instead we sat in the shade of a beautiful tree to have our first cup of coffee and a banana.

Lady Anne's Way

We skirted mainly around the edge of Embsay, following various snickets and ginnels around the houses. We crossed the ‘duck pond’ which is the old mill race, you can still see the old chimney from the former tannery.

Lady Anne's Way

We walked up through Eastby village and along the fields to Billy Bobs!! Billy Bobs is an ice-cream place, they make the ice-cream on the farm and have a huge American Diner type place with lots of play areas for kids…we just wanted an ice-cream!

The trees are starting to come into leaf, you can just see flushes of green and bronze as the new leaves unfurl. It always fascinates me how different trees come into leaf at different times, hawthorn is one of the early ones, where as sycamore and beech are much later. There is an old saying that ‘if the oak before the ash we shall have a splash, if the ash before the oak we shall have a soak!’ I’ve not seen either in leaf yet! I love the dip in this photo!

Lady Anne's Way

There were LOTS of styles on this walk, this one was fairly tame but most went over dry stone walls about 5-6 feet tall, and many were clearly designed for people with longer legs than me!

Lady Anne's Way

All this warm weather has brought the tree blossoms and the wild flowers out early, the fields and the hedgerows were dotted with colour, we saw violets, dandelions, daisies, coltsfoot and some tiny little pretty white flowers which we didn’t know the name of. This field was full of celandine, it looked lovely.

Lady Anne's Way

After the ice-cream we had a long pull up and over the moors, it was worth it when we saw the view at the other side, especially as we knew the car was parked down there ready to take us home!

Lady Anne's Way

We walked about 7.5 miles altogether, so not too far. We’re planning to walk the next section on Tuesday, Barden to Grassington, I’m hoping it won’t be quite so hot!

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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15 Responses to Lady Anne’s Way

  1. wybrow1966 says:

    A beautiful walk and Billy Bobs sounds lovely!

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  2. the senior weaver says:

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful Spring photos. What an awesome idea. I hope you’ll continue to share your walks. 😊

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  3. Christine McRobie says:

    What glorious views. Your posts are the ones I always look forward to, thank you for letting us share your life!!! I thought New Zealand was green, but the colour in the UK is stunning!!!

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    Those are some gorgeous views, thanks for taking us along with you!


  5. Stopping to admire the view is what walking is all about I think. If you didn’t do that then it would not matter one jot where you were walking. I loved sharing the views with you especially as I struggle with walking far these days, and used to love walking across the hills of our beloved Derbyshire. So a big thank you Margaret.


  6. magpiesue says:

    What a lovely day out you had! Thanks for sharing it with those of us not as fortunate as you are to do such things. 🙂


  7. Laura says:

    I love this! So green and beautiful! What a great walk, Margaret!
    So sorry about the fire on the moor!


  8. You’ve inspired me to do the walk today. I’ll call you if I get lost—which we all know could easily happen even though it is “my territory”.😀😀😀


  9. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I always enjoy your walks. I wish there were places like this near where I live that I could walk.


  10. KerryCan says:

    I wish I could join you for a walk like this! What a beautiful day you had and your photos are great–I like the one with the dip in it, too. The idea of a moor fire is terrifying, though.


  11. What a lovely historic walk, with so much green to see too. Your idea of a short walk is over seven miles? Oh, my, what is a long walk, LOL!! I hope that fire is under control.


  12. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, what a beautiful walk you went on, amazing scenery. I thought I’d be able to do that when I first came over from South Africa, I didn’t expect my legs to give up on me lol. Now I’ll have to drive around and see all the places. Thank you for sharing such lovely photos with us xx

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