For our first group ramble of the 2006, twenty walkers gathered at Dacre Banks for a nine-mile walk over Braithwaite Moor. Led by Peter and Delia Wells the group headed south-west following The Nidderdale Way as far as Lane Foot Road. Here, the group followed Monk Ing Road past Monk Ing to Dike Lane. The weather was misty with low cloud but we were spared the forecast showers. From Dike Lane our way lay over little-used tracks to Ings Farm, Grange House and Woodman Wray Farm. To cross Braithwaite Moor we followed the bridleway over Nanny Black Hill. Here the mist lifted somewhat to give reasonable midrange visibility. After crossing The Moor, the group turned right to cross Fosse Gill and ascend Flat Moor to lunch among the shooting shelters. The lovely descent into Nidderdale was enjoyed by all as were the tumbling becks in Strikes Wood. After a short stretch of quiet (mostly closed) road beside the River Nidd the group picked up the riverside path at Glasshouses and followed it back to our starting point. All the group then enjoyed a splendid afternoon tea prepared by Sandra and her colleagues at Darley Mill.
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