25/06/16 Stainforth Circular ‘A’ Bill Sillitoe ‘B’ Gary O’Hagan

It was a warm and dry day as 53 members travelled to Stainforth near Settle. Instead of the usual coffee stop in Ripon the club treated its members to coffee and scones at the Millstones on the A59. The coach managed to park in the village car park at Stainforth which was quite surprising as we thought it would be busy on this lovely sunny day. The ‘A’ party, 20 in number, set out immediately while after lunch the ‘B’ party, 29 in number, set out by going through an underpass situated in a corner of the car park. We followed a track then crossed a bridge over the River Ribble and another bridge over the Settle-Carlisle railway and walked to the hamlet of Little Stainforth. There was quite a stiff climb over grassy fields above Smearsett Scar to reach a farm at Feizor. This farm had a cafe and everyone enjoyed refreshments or ice lollies sitting on the patio enjoying the sunshine. The return route involved another ascent with limestone outcrops in the fields. We eventually descended to the village of Stackhouse. At this point the ‘A’ party appeared and both groups walked alongside the River Ribble back to Stainforth. The evening stop was in Ripon. Flowers: birdsfoot trefoil, elderflower, eyebright, mignonette, oxeye daisy, red campion, rock rose, thyme and tormentil.

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