The inaugural walk for Husthwaite Ramblers Club took place on Sunday 24th Feb 2013. With the initial anticipation of a low turnout due to the cool weather, it was pleasing to see some 25 walkers, booted and woolly hatted and ready to attempt the 6 mile walk. The group consisted of a wide age spectrum, with the youngest being 14 years and we even had a couple of furry companions.
The walk took the group from the village green on to the top of Beacon Banks to a height of around 434 feet. The usual view of the White Horse was unfortunately masked by a heavy rain cloud, which narrowly missed the group as it swept through the vale of Hambleton. A couple of the new members, Mary Hill and Mel Casling undertook a little geocaching for the first time. By solving the clue and searching for the cache, they soon found their treasure. (For further information see http://www.geocaching.com).
The route took the walkers to the right of Newburgh and up to Oulston, where we observed the smallest library that I had ever seen. Most people would think this was an old telephone box with a varied selection of books on loan. We then followed the back road past Yeoman House Cottage to Thornton Hill crossroad. The muddy track took the group down across the stream, where the sun’s rays shone through the broken clouds and trees. Following the grassed fields to the rear of The Old Lodge, the group opened out into Paddy Lane, across the fields and onto Malton Road. While entering the village a number of the group made their way home while a small number took the opportunity to take advantage of refreshments at the Orchard Inn and thanks go to Camille and Micha for their warm welcome and hospitality.
The next walk is planned to take place on Sunday 24th Mar 2013, meeting at the village green at 13.30pm. In order for me to confirm the ability and requirements of the group could you please contact me so that I can clarify your future needs. As an initiative to raise money for the Village Hall, you are able to make a donation of £1.00 for a printed 4 page coloured route map and directional notes with photographs for the described walk. Should you like one please contact:
Mark Gambles, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel No: 01347869004