Wensleydale Wander - Short Route | Wednesday 14 July 2021

Walk Leader: Jill King
Participants: 8
Mileage: 11.6 miles
Ascent: 800 ft
Walk Report: Jill King


8 Wednesday Walkers met up at Leyburn to walk the short route of the Wensleydale Wander, a challenge event (this year hopefully held on September 18) organised by the Rotary Club of Wensleydale.

Our route took in the Shawl, Preston and onto Redmire for a refreshment break under the spreading sycamore tree. So far no nettles! Just some awkward stiles. Heading through fields, woods and onto Lord’s bridge , passing Lord Bolton’s extensive pad and onto the river path to Wensley. Here we met the nettles and astilbe in full flower.

At Wensley bridge, I knew about the diversion so we had a break in the church grounds, just as the bell tolled for one o’clock. The intention was to follow the path on the north side of the river, cut across Wood Lane and up into Leyburn. We took one look at the overgrown path, and with stinging legs aplenty, we opted for the road instead.

Leaving this, the first stile proved difficult for the leader who was heard to mutter ‘she couldn’t get her leg over’ (the stile obviously!!) Onwards and upwards, over the railway line and into a busy Leyburn for a well-earned cup of tea etc.

A big thanks to all who came out today and to Eva for the photos below. A great bunch, everyone walked and talked with everyone else and a grand day was had by all.

Photos by Eva Bowes