A Walk In Wharfedale

September 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

Monkey & I just arrived home, tired out (but of course neither of us is even considering sleep right now) following a walk this morning of about 6.5 km.  The longest walk I think I’ve done for some considerable time, and probably the furthest Monkey has walked in one go.

We have been working our way through a set of 30 short walks in West Yorkshire.  We did one in Saltaire on Monday and another two on Tuesday (Chellow Dene and Undercliffe).

Today’s was in Burley-in-Wharfedale and it was the best so far – partly because we didn’t have to walk to get to the start as it set off from the train station car park.  Round some lanes, through the fields, up onto the moorland.  It probably helped that the weather was so nice – breezy on the moors but sunny.

We found all kinds of things to investigate – holes probably made by solitary bees; a dessicated rabbit carcass; old cow pats (which make excellent stepping stones through the grass if you are 3-and-a-bit); a dragonfly hunting in an open meadow.  Monkey was also making serious study of slipping over on almost every ground surface we crossed, which he found hilarious.

We’d definitely do this walk again although I would probably bring lunch with us next time, just so we don’t have to hoof it in to town to find food when we’d actually prefer to have eaten an hour ago and would like to be sitting down resting.  Looks like that is next week sorted then.

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