Sunday, 25 July 2010

Around Kirby Underdale

Kirby Underdale was the start and finish point of a Sunday afternoon walk. Walking on this western side of the Wolds always offers fantastic views across the Vale of York and on clear days to the Pennines. First, though, we had to earn the views and a gentle uphill walk from the village was required to do that.

We parked on a graveled area near the church and the public footpath immediately took us through the churchyard. The churchyard is the last resting place of the previous Earls and Countesses of Halifax; the family seat is the nearby Garrowby Hall. At the far corner of the Churchyard we crossed a small stream and the path then immediately headed uphill away from the village. We followed a series of paths which then brought us to the high point of the walk as we followed the footpath from east to west in front of Mount Pleasant Farm. As we headed west we could see far across the Vale of York even though it was a murky kind of day. From this and similar points on a clear day you can see the foothills of the Pennines. Distinctive features can be picked out. One that does stand out and helps you get your bearing is the "golfballs" at Menwith Hill. These stand just west of Harrogate and by my reckoning are some 40 miles distant.

Soon, we turned south and headed gently downhill towards Salamanca Beck. We stopped and idled on a bridge for a while and we saw two Brown Trout dart away from our gaze. We then followed a track down to the road and headed back to and through the pretty and well kept village of Kirby Underdale. We arrived back at the car reflecting on a short (about 3 mile) but good walk that mixed a fine Yorshire Wolds landscape with great views further afield.  The Royal Air Force even joined in as the Red Arrows gave us our own private flypast as they flew overhead.

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