Sixteen ramblers met for a walk from Beamsley Hospital in Lower Wharfedale. To begin with the day was overcast but cleared later to give a lovely sunny day. After crossing the A 59 road the group took the track through the fields on Oaks Hill to walk along Kex Beck towards Beamsley Village. After crossing the beck, a steady climb followed through long grass made wet by overnight rain, up Wardla Hill to Howber Hill Farm. After a short break we continued on past Currer Hall to descend by Middle Lathe and cross The River Wharfe and arrive in Addingham. Skirting the town on its northern fringes, we took the footpath past Riddings Farm to our sun-drenched picnic spot close to Addingham Golf Course, where lovely views over Ilkley Moor were enjoyed. The next section of our route took us past the motionless windmills beside Chelker Reservoir to Haw Pike. Great views along the dale especially of Beamsley Beacon were enjoyed by all. A short, easy descent to Bolton Bridge then followed before we took the track on the east side of The Wharfe to pick up the bridleway ascending to Storiths where afternoon tea was taken, by popular demand, in Buffers tea rooms. A wonderful place for anyone interested in either toy trains or good food. The last section of our ten-mile route was over field tracks past New Hall Farm. Our leaders for the day were Peter and Delia Wells.


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