Last Tuesday my walking buddy and I walked another section of the Lady Anne Way. The walk goes from Skipton to Penrith in Cumbria, about 100 miles, we’re doing it in lots of little sections!The week before we’d walked from Skipton to Barden, so this section was from Barden to Grassington, about 8 miles, so a nice distance.
The weather was a bit cooler, which was better for walking but not so good for photos!
Our first point of interest was Barden Towers, most of it’s in ruins now, though the smaller building on the right side is a restored bit with a restaurant and tithe barn. It was originally a hunting lodge in the 15th and 16th century. Just below the tower we crossed the river on a pretty stone bridge and followed the path along the river bank as far as Burnsall.
This is the River Wharfe, which later passes through Otley and then Wetherby before joining the Ouse near York. It’s a nice gentle walk along the river bank, watching the dippers and the ducks with their ducklings.
These old field walls interested us, we couldn’t work out what the holes were for. Our only thought was flood defences, it looked like it was on a bit of a flood plain, maybe the holes allowed the water to drain away without damaging the wall.
The bluebells are flowering already, they’re very early this year. The blue haze under the trees is amazing to see, and the scent travels quite a long way.
We skirted round the edge of the village of Burnsall, not actually crossing it’s five arched bridge. We followed the river for a short distance before taking a sharp right up a steep hill. You see the bank to the right of the river, that’s where we turned and that’s pretty much how steep it was!!
We had lots of rests to admire the view over the village!
Once we reached the top we had a good walk across pasture, lots of cute lambing getting all springy!
The next village was Hebden, this was originally a mining village and it’s a lovely higgledy-piggledy sort of village with little rows of cottages tucked everywhere.
Just out of Hebden there’s an old track which we followed across the farmland to Grassington. We were quite high up (relatively speaking!) so we had some lovely views. On the other side of the valley the field patterns looked beautiful in the soft light.
We passed a small field with some heritage sheep breeds. There is a concerted effort now to save the old farm animal breeds. I think the ones with two sets of horns are Manx Loaghton, otherwise I haven’t a clue, I love the curly horns!
We finished our walk in the busy village of Grassington, we had 1 1/2 hours to wait for a bus,plenty of time for a cup of tea and a peruse round an embroidery shop that sells lots of cross-stitch kits, of course I came away with one, well you have to support these shops!
Today we’re walking the next section, Grassington to Starbotton I think, so watch this space!