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Dairy cattle grazing by the track
Dairy cattle grazing by the track

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Route No. 223 - Saturday 4 August 2007
Spofforth, Sicklinghall,
Stockeld Park circuit - 8.6 km
Wetherby . . .

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Our starting point at Spofforth villahe hall
Our starting point at Spofforth village hall

We headed out of Spofforth on a farm track under a disused railway at map ref. SE364507. We passed some playing fields off to our right and the whole area looked waterlogged after the heavy rain of the last few weeks.

We had a very leisurely start this morning. I met a group of friends at the village hall in Spofforth (map ref. SE361511). The weather was warm, humid and rather overcast but the forecast had promised us no rain. We started walking at about 11.00am.

Track under the disused railway at the edge of Spofforth
Track under the disused railway at the edge of Spofforth

Waterlogged fields after the recent heavy rain
Waterlogged fields after the recent heavy rain
Bridleway along the track through the fields
Bridleway along the track through the fields
Farm track through the fields
Farm track through the fields

Large clump of Ragwort at the field edge
Large clump of Ragwort at the field edge

At the road, map ref. SE357483, we turned left to walk along the road through the village.

We followed the farm tracks through the fields for just over a kilometer to map ref. SE353500 where we turned left to follow a bridleway for about 1.5 km to the edge of Sicklinghall village.

Farm road through the fields
Farm road through the fields

Daisies at the edge of a field
Daisies at the edge of a field
Wheat waiting for the harvest
Wheat waiting for the harvest - the barley is almost all in now.
Village pond in Sicklinghall
Village pond in Sicklinghall

There are some seats by the village pond in Sicklinghall where we stopped for our lunch break. It's a pleasant spot with several young moorhens dabbling in the water. After our break we continued along the village street and at the end of the village we turned left along a lane to Stockeld Park. The parkland surrounds a Palladian mansion built in the mid 1700's

Track into Stockeld Park
Track into Stockeld Park with the trees towering over us

Village pond in Sicklinghall
Village pond in Sicklinghall

Track through Stockeld Park
Track through Stockeld Park

The path emerged from the park onto the A661 at map ref. SE375497. Here we crossed the main road and followed the path through the Stockeld Grange farm.

Goats at Stockeld Grange
Goats at Stockeld Grange
Sheep at Stockeld Grange
Sheep at Stockeld Grange

Path from Stockeld Grange to the disused railway path
Path from Stockeld Grange to the disused railway path

We turned left onto the disused railway and followed it for about 1.3 km back into Spofforth where we walked along the road back to our starting point at the village hall.

A few hundred metres beyond the farm we came to a disused railway track that is now a footpath and cycle track running from Wetherby to Spofforth.

Red berries on the Guilder Rose
Red berries on the Guilder Rose
The leaves turn to a spectacular red in the autumn

Rosebay willow herb and cow parsley
Rosebay willow herb and cow parsley

We arrived back at the village hall at about 1.30 pm after a very pleasant walk which had been led by Geoff who lives in Wetherby. We all returned to Geoff's house to sample one of his legendary barbecues. We were not disappointed!

The walk of just over a kilometer along the disused railway was through a lovely display of wild flowers. It's amazing what appears when nature is left alone and free from sprays and the like.

Scabious and knapweed
Scabious and knapweed

Wild marjoram
Wild marjoram
The disused railway path near Spofforth
The disused railway path near Spofforth