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July

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Bolton Castle

 

Walk leader

Diane

Route

Bolton Castle circular via Woodhall and Carperby- approximately 8 miles

Weather

Sunny and hot with a pleasant cooling breeze. Ground very dry, definitely a 'shorts and trainers' day

Walkers

Diane, Richard, Ron, Sandy, Michelle, Michael.

Excuses

George - sailing on the west coast of Scotland

Ashley - ‘It’s a bit far to go to find that I have to turn back after one mile.'

Comments

There were good views of Addelbrough while walking under Wegber, Blue and Ivy Scars. Most of the streams had dried up but we had a pleasant lunch stop next to a waterfall which still had running water. We enjoyed seeing two sheep poking their heads out of the disused lead mine caves. There were lots of stone walls with unusual stile gates and squeeze stiles.

We walked around a school football pitch where families were gathered for a school fayre. Ron and Richard walked down the farm lane, due to confusion over the right of way. After walking through the nice village of Carperby, with its village green and market cross, we stopped at the picnic tables outside the Wheatsheaf Inn for some Black Sheep ale. The Inn is famous for being the place where James Herriott spent the first night of his honeymoon in 1941. Richard had to wait for the barrels to be changed (or was he contemplating the sign in the gents ‘Drink makes you see double and think that you are single’), while Diane patiently waited for her drink. Bolton Castle itself was closed for a wedding, but a man came out of the castle with a bucket, and from the car park we watched plenty of small wild boars having a feeding frenzy in their enclosure.

Wildlife:

Birds: curlews, oystercatchers, wheatears, pheasants, robins, swallows, swift, wren, house martins.
Mammals: alpacas, horses, mules, pygmy goats. Very woolly sheep, and quite a few dead rabbits.
Insects: Lots of butterflies, including cabbage white and large white in a cabbage field.
Flora: an abundance of wild flowers.

Meal

The Shoulder of Mutton at Middleton Tyas. Food excellent quality, nice ambience with good service.

Photo Gallery

walkers

Walkers at Bolton Castle

 

calf

Little Brown Cow

walking

Oh, what a lovely day!

bridge

Bridge

stream

Dry Stream

webger

Webger Scar

 

 

sheep

Hermit Sheep

 

waterfall

Waterfall lunch-stop

 

signpost

Signpost

 

woodhall

Woodhall

 

addlebrough

Addlebrough

 

walkers

Happy Walkers

 

stone

Stone Man

 

cross

Carperby Stone Cross

 

green

Mini Green

 

pub

Pub stop

 

mules

Mules

 

castle

Back to the Castle

 

Penhill

 

 

boars

Boars

 

 

 

sheep

Rasta sheep

 

 

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