The snowfall on Friday provided a wonderful landscape for Saturdays walk in Lower Wharfedale. Starting from the church at Leathley, the group of nineteen walked west along Hall Lane to follow the footpath to Hilltop Farm. The walk along Riffa lane, an old drovers route, was really delightful with its snow covering adding to the enjoyment. The crossing of Riffa Beck was difficult due to the ice floes but was managed without serious difficulty. A climb through Riffa Wood brought us to the high ground of Castley Moor and a chill wind. We then followed the bridleway around Round Hill to the crossing of East Beck and the footpath to Townend Farm. The frozen ground contributed to our good progress under the leadership of George and Eileen Lyons as we progressed to lunch just south of the Gas Station on Stainburn Moor. Still enjoying unbroken sunshine, the group pressed on to Little Alms Cliff where superb views were enjoyed as far as the White Horse and a snow-capped Great Whernside. The only signs of life on the track along Norwood Edge were fox footprints in the otherwise undisturbed snow. After a short stretch of road, the group walked through the plantation to join the footpath by Wood Top Farm and descend to the shores of Linley Wood Reservoir. The last stretch of our thirteen-mile ramble followed the course of the River Washburn back to Leathley.


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