GILLING WEST CIRCULAR 25TH JUNE 2013
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The walk began in the village of Gilling West and there is ample parking near the church. The walk at first is through fields and meadows that were richly covered with buttercup and clover. There were fields of yellow Rapeseed too. Eventually we got nice views of Hartforth Hall. Passing the hall we arrived at Whashton Bridge and carried on through meadows and fields. Is has been a nice month and unlike last year, we have had a proper mix of rain and warm sun, so everything was green with striking displays of flowers.
The village of Ravensworth is very pretty with a nice pub and village green. It also has a famous resident in the shape of Ian Botham, who we glimpsed loading Lidl bags from his 4X4. Here Richard met another friend and this happens now on nearly every walk. There is something about cats and Richard, but he does not even have one of his own.
We left Ravensworth, with further views of the castle and now headed up to the village of Kirby Hill. It was quite a climb, but worth it as there is another delightful village at the top with lots to explore and a church dedicated to St Peter and St Felix.
Leaving Kirby Hill we headed down now to the village of Whashton and then through an old ford.
Eventually we were back at our starting point, but had a few minutes to look at the old church of St Agatha’s and its early nave.
A wonderful walk in high summer with meadows, history, ancient churches and lovely villages.