Grimwith Reservoir 11-07-2018 Leader Derek

Grimwith Reservoir 11-07-2018 Leader Derek

According to my files, our the last attempt at this walk was on 13 September last year when it poured down and made Trollers Gill a challenge too far ~ this year was somewhat different! A total of 18 managed to find the car park albeit some were a little late. Unfortunately Arnie was on holiday in Llandudno, and my assistant, Judith, indicated that for some reason she was unable to do the report, therefore it was up to me to get it sorted. In fairness, Judith did take the photographs and loaded them onto ‘flicker’, for which I should be grateful. I had thought that I had managed to get out of doing walk reports, especially following some hurtful criticism regarding my ramblings. So this time it will be a bit of a ‘Janet and John’ approach’.

As previously indicated 18 ramblers turned up, and 18 ramblers eventually managed to drag themselves back to the car park. The weather and views were superb, which is of course normal for God’s County ~ we even came across a couple of friendly Yorkshire farmers, who wished us well on our travels. The route took us to the eastern end of the reservoir and the beautifully thatched High Shaws Laithe ~ feature photo. From then it was up and then down Nursery Knot where we had elevenses. After walking down Black Hill Road and Skyreholme Bank we arrived at Parcevall Hall Gardens, which is well worth a visit ~ £6 for most of you, or free at certain times of the year to RHS members. Lunch was taken not far from Gill Heads, where last year we sheltered under the trees, but this year some had a paddle in Skyreholme Beck.

After lunch ‘Honest John’ led us up Trollers Gill, a gloomy gorge that ‘has inspired several folk tales including one about a magical dog living there called the Barguest that turns you to stone with one look from its huge eyes.’ I was surprised to learn that the ‘Time Lord’ considers it to a bit scary! And I thought she was not frightened of anything ~ she certainly scares me! When we reached Hell Hole I made the suggestion ~ being a caring walk leader ~ that we might wish to consider cutting the walk short and head straight back to our cars. With some disappointed on my part, this proposal was firmly rejected. So with reluctance, we did quick circular tour of Appltreewick Pasture [Pronounced App’ trick] to Dibbles Bridge, and then back up the road to the car park. If you were tired, then it was your fault ~ I did suggest a short cut! Tea a cake was taken at ‘The Old School Tea Room’ in Hebden.

For those interested in the statistics, then according to me we walked at total of 9.94 ‘Garmin’ miles, with 432 metres of ascent. Remember, ‘if you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.’ Barack Obama.

(Report by Derek and photographs by Judith)

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  1. Excellent walk. Thank you Derek. Glad to be back and enjoyed the paddle 🙂

  2. arnolds

    Lovely pics by Judy, and a nice tight write up by Derek. Sorry I missed it, but family matters prevailed. Anyway, Derek, you have to keep your hand in by occasionally doing a walk report, or you risk losing your accreditation!

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