Dacre Banks and mid Nidderdale

Seventeen ramblers took the service bus to Dacre Banks to enjoy an eleven-mile walk following a mixture of familiar and rarely used tracks in mid-Nidderdale. We were fortunate to have very good weather enabling us to enjoy the developing autumn colours. Mike Lowsley led us over the River Nidd and up Hartwith Bank to join the footpath heading east to Edge Nook Farm. Passing South Wood, a shooting party kindly delayed their activities to mutual advantage before we turned south to Cow Close and on to cross the B6165 road. Here we picked up the bridleway to White Oak and the River Nidd. After a short stretch westbound on The Nidderdale Way, the group followed the course of Darley Beck through Darley to Folly Ghyll in Thornthwaite. After a pause by the church, the group walked down the road to cross over Padside Beck by the Packhorse Bridge. Some boggy conditions were encountered during various sections of the walk which continued via field paths to Heyshaw. The final section of the walk was on the easterly track through North Wood to Dacre Banks.


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