Wednesday, 22 September 2010

A short walk at Sledmere with no sunset but still a good view

Sykes Memorial
At lunchtime today, after a morning indoors, I realised what a great day it was - blue sky and pleasantly warm.  I then  planned that this evening as soon as I got home from work we could get the dogs in the car and go for a walk before dark.

The walk we chose meant we would park the car at the Sykes Memorial just south of Sledmere and then walk down the track that leads west from there. I was hoping that with the sun being out during the day we'd be able to watch the setting sun. As the track runs along a wood I'd also be able to take some pictures of the special colours of the autumnal trees with the light of the setting sun on them. Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed as when we arrived the sky was a blanket of high grey cloud with no sight of the sun at all.

Even without the sun the Tatton Sykes Memorial is a great place to visit. The memorial built in honour of Sir Tatton Sykes 4th Baronet of the nearby Sledmere House occupies a commanding position and is visible from many miles beyond. On a clear day, which today wasn't, you can see as far as Hull and beyond. In the past we've purchased Fish and Chips from the ever popular shop in Wetwang a few miles away and then driven up to the memorial and eaten them whilst enjoying the view.

Without Fish and Chips on this occasion we walked the dogs for about a mile and a half west following the track that leads from the memorial. As the track traverses a slope and is mostly at a similar level to the memorial you continue to get a good view across the Yorkshire Wolds.

I'm sure we'll be back at sometime in the future to enjoy the view, Fish and Chips and, with luck, a sunset.

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