Summer walk: Blubberhouses Circular

Blubberhouses Circular  8/07/17  ‘A’ Adam Bent  ‘B’ Peter Gilliland

A cool start to the day as 51 members travelled to Ripon for coffee. After a short journey to reach Blubberhouses where the coach parked in a lay by close to Fewston Reservoir. 21 members set out on the ‘A’ walk including 3 members who had arrived by car. 2 other members chose to do ‘their own thing’ while 31 members set away on the ‘B’ walk which started with a particularly high stile at the side of the lay by. There was a steep descent through woodland on a stony track to reach the track adjacent to the reservoir. We followed the track in a clockwise direction for a pleasant walk on a sunny afternoon. The lunch stop was at Swinsty Reservoir  picnic site where lots of ducks waddled around the grass hoping to be fed. After a short stretch of road walking we crossed the dam head to walk on the opposite bank of the reservoirs. At the Fewston Reservoir dam head we has a toilet and ice-cream stop  in the lovely warm sunny weather. Tree lined paths offered some shade as we returned to the coach. Not long after, the ‘A’ party returned from the shorter than usual ‘A’ walk. An early finish due to the club’s annual meal at the Millstones, 10 minutes along the road. Everyone seemed to enjoy the lovely food from the carvery and delicious desserts before travelling directly home.

Flowers: betony, birdsfoot trefoil, herb bennet, foxglove, greater stitchwort, meadow cranesbill, meadowsweet, orchid, quaking grass, red campion, rosebay willowherb, st johns wort, tufted vetch, woundwort,

Other: Canada geese, mallards, pink footed geese.

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