Summer walk: Settle

31/05/14 Settle Circular ‘A’ Bill Sillitoe ‘B’ Kathleen Reavley
It was cool and dry as 53 members set out for Yorkshire today. Arrangements had been made to stop for coffee and scones at The Millstones, a cafe on the A59 not far from Bolton Abbey. This was the first time the club had stopped here and as an extra treat, the club paid the bill. Everyone commented on how nice the scones were and there was brisk business in the shop for bread and cakes. At Settle, 20 members set out on the ‘A’ walk while after lunch 30 members did the ‘B’ walk which started by going through the town to follow Brockhole Lane, a walled lane between fields. There was a steady climb through grassy fields to reach Cleatop Park Wood. We walked through the wood but were glad to leave as the midges were biting. We rested on rocks and enjoyed the views of Settle below us. There was a steep descent through fields to reach Upper Settle where we admired an art exhibition in an old red telephone box. We walked through the back streets spotting interesting features on the houses and admiring tiny gardens to emerge in the centre of Settle. An evening stop in Ripon.

Flowers: bluebell, bugle, cotton grass, cow parsley, eyebright, foxglove, germander speedwell, greater stitchwort, green alkanet, herb bennet, herb robert, ivy leaved toadflax, milkwort, oxeye daisy, red campion, rhododendron, silverweed, tormentil, tufted vetch, valerian, water aven, welsh poppy, wood sorrel and yellow pimpernel. Other: tadpoles.

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