THE HERRIOT WAY 52 MILES
After enjoying an excellent weekend of walking from Haworth hostel with Stockport Walking & Outdoor Group, on the Sunday evening, rather than heading home with the others, Pam and I headed North for the short drive to Aysgarth. After a very nice meal at the George & Dragon across the road, we spent the night at Yoredale guesthouse, which proved very friendly and comfortable.
Day 1 Monday 24 October 2011 Aysgarth to Grinton 12 miles (history day)
Despite a forecast of rain, today stayed dry but rather overcast, though we did get some brighter spells, and even some glimpses of blue sky. We left the car parked across the road from the B&B in a lay-by in the centre of the village, the B&B owners assuring us it would be fine there. From there we set off across fields to the visitors centre. A bull in one field strode determinedly towards us – we left the field just as it reached us so we didn’t find out if it was annoyed with us or just curious.
From there we passed the lower and middle waterfalls, both of which were well worth seeing, with plenty of water coming down. Then we made our way across fields to Castle Bolton, a medieval fortified manor house.
This whole area has been mined in the past, and there are a lot of disused mine workings and spoil heaps. This is now a very popular area for grouse shooting, with numerous rows of grouse butts. These proved very useful for navigation – our book directed us to look for grouse butt number 11, and turn left there and follow the line of butts down hill until a path was picked up. From there we picked up another good track, heading west along the side of the valley, taking us towards Grinton. A final climb for the day took us up High Harker Hill, after which a gradual descent brought us out at Grinton YHA.
|Highe Harker Hill|