Birk Crag Walk
On a bright sunny day, twenty members and guests assembled at Pannal last Saturday for a walk encompassing part of The Harrogate Ringway. Leaving the village, the group walked south-west by a busy duck pond to ascend Thrills Whine. After reaching Brackenthwaite lane the group left The Ringway path to pick up the bridleway by The Croft and enter The Crimple Valley at Hill Top Hall. A delightful stroll along the valley floor followed before we turned right to pass Askwith House (using three kissing gates recently installed by our footpath working group) and walked along Askwith Head Road to skirt Harlow Carr Gardens by the bridleway on the Beckwithshaw side. By this time we had rejoined The Ringway path which we followed to lunch, accompanied by the song of a thrush, at the high point of Birk Crag. Our return route was more urban, at least to start with, following surfaced walkways through Pannal Ash and the Rossett area to rejoin The Ringway at Stone Rings Beck. The final stretch of our walk, on paths beside Crimple Beck, was where, in the early part of her life, Agnes Farrar, our leader for the day, had started recreational walking with her father.
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