Stepping out to take in the sights of spring

This Saturday the tenth annual Dallowgill Spring Walk will take place through the quiet and unspoilt countryside to the west of Kirkby Malzeard.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 11th April 2016, 8:31 am
Updated Monday, 11th April 2016, 9:37 am

This is a fund raising event with money going towards the upkeep of Greygarth Methodist Chapel, and the parish cemetery at the Church of England Chapel of the Resurrection on Dallowgill Road, Laverton.

A spokesman said: “It started originally as The Three Churches Walk but, as St Peters at Dallowgill is now no longer used for services, funds are now concentrated on the remaining two places of worship.

“The organising group devises a new route every year often combining sections of the Mosaic Walk and the Ripon Rowel but always incorporating lesser-used stretches of public footpath to create a circular walk starting and finishing at Greygarth Chapel.”

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This year the walk, which is about 4.5 miles long, starts with a stretch across open moorland, progresses through fields currently full of recently-born lambs, then runs alongside the beck at Belford before a juice/biscuit stop.

Walkers then head back through the hamlet of Dallow, and along forest tracks before returning over the fields to the Chapel.

Registration at the Chapel (HG4 3QY for satnav users) starts at 1pm for a prompt 1.30pm start and it is anticipated that everyone will be back in time for tea between 3.30–4pm.

“The home-made fare, provided by the women of Dallowgill, is an event in itself, being a match for even the hungriest walker’s appetite,” added the spokesman.

“Indeed you can just come for the tea itself at a cost of £3.”

The walk, which is led by experienced walkers, costs £6 for adults, with children free.

“So, if you are looking for some exercise and a traditional Yorkshire tea, do come along and remember to bring some decent weather with you.”

Dogs can be taken along by the owners, provided they are kept on a lead.

Participants are urged to wear appropriate footwear in case there are any wet bits.