Summer walk: Swainby

18/10/14 Swainby Circular ‘A’ Tom Bell ‘B’ Pat Gardner & Janet Heckels
56 members travelled directly to Swainby and parked up for the day in the Black Horse pub’s car park. It was dry, sunny and breezy as 23 members of the ‘A’ party set away. The ‘B’ party, 27 in number, set out shortly afterwards, going through the village to reach a stony track through woodland. We ascended firstly Hollin Hill and then Live Moor where we stopped for lunch. It was difficult to find shelter on the top but the fine views towards the coast and Teesside made up for the chilly wind. The walk descended on muddy tracks to reach a country lane leading to Whor Hill which involved another steep ascent but this time through woodland. Field paths were followed where we came across a horse on its own in a field. It was given lots of attention as members queued to cross a stile but the horse wan’t happy when the attention stopped and bit Margaret Hope on her back when she turned away. There was a little incident with one of our members taking ill for a time but she soon recovered and we continued on passing the ruins of Whorlton Castle before returning to Swainby. We all descended into the Black Horse for prebooked meals at £6.95 each. As the ‘B’ party was being served, the ‘A’ party returned, After an extended stay where everyone enjoyed their meals. We left at 5.30pm to travel directly home. A good day to finish the season.

Flowers: convolvulus and honeysuckle.

Other: beech mast, haws, holly berries, sloes and a yellow ladybird.

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