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A Winters Walk.

We decided that rather than wait until today to go on our usual Saturday walk with Heartbeat, we would enjoy one yesterday instead. After all the sun was shining even if it was giving off no heat whatsoever, the sky was blue, what more can a walker ask for? We donned our warm winter coats and hats and set off in great spirits.  First stop down the hill was to chatter to a lady who was busy feeding the ponies in the field with wholemeal bread. She insisted that they loved it and I remarked that they were probably grateful for anything at all as the field in which they graze is more mud than grass at this time of year.

Then it was onward and upward up Catherine Slack where we could enjoy the view looking down onto Harrison’s Dairy farm below us. We spied a man walking quickly through the far field towards a huge fallen tree trunk where another man was waiting with a car. I surmised they were chopping and collecting firewood, but I could have been wrong.  At the top of Catherine Slack, I spied some colourful yellow crocus’s peeping out of the grass verge just outside the entrance to some new houses which are just being erected.

The first crocus

We continued onwards, past the golf course and had a brief pause whilst I took a quick shot of one of my favourite houses. Its not easy to get a shot of it as the frontage is obscured by a very high privet, so the only gap where you can take a picture is over the wall at the side, and even then you need to be standing on tiptoe. I love old houses such as this one and note the lovely little lamp on top of the wall.

Over the Wall

The next leg of the walk was through a narrow lane that runs behind the houses and which turned out to be quite muddy to negotiate. Mind you, most of the mud was frozen solid, but it took K all her time to walk from one end of the path to the other. She is never at her best on uneven surfaces despite all those walks she has done over the years. She heaved a sigh of relief once we joined the main road, and we both gathered pace towards some horses who were busy grazing in a nearby field further along the road.

He's big!

Despite the fact that she loves horses, she’s still very wary of stroking them as you can plainly see in this photograph.  He was quite a size I will admit, but he had made his way through acres of mud in order to greet us both at the wall and I was only sorry that we hadn’t any treats to give him.

Under the bridge.

Onward along the road and under the railway bridge to join the main road. The sky was an absolute unbroken blue by this stage of the day but the sun gave off no warmth at all. We had to stride out and keep moving in order to keep warm.


Onward past the park and school then past Lightcliffe church and this gorgeous row of cottages which again are some of my favourites and then down towards the old church tower opposite the Sun Inn. 

The old church tower.

Unbeknown to me, at the time that K and I were taking a short breather before tackling the rest of the journey home, my brother was not far from this spot walking his dog Willam down Bottom Hall which runs alongside this churchyard. We must have missed one another by minutes. Onward across the road and down passed both the Comprehensive school, where several buses were parked patiently waiting to take pupils back to their respective localities. As we walked past, some pupils were playing a game of hockey and we could clearly hear the clash of sticks echoing through the cold winters air. We began recalling playing hockey when we were at school, and getting frequently whacked around the ankles during a match!

Onward past the newly built Cliffe Hill junior school with its rather unusual modern design a far cry from how it looked all those years ago when I attended! Past the farm and a last photo of the small stream (I’m sure it used to be much wider than it is today when I was a youngster!) back up the hill past the ponies and back along the lower estate road to our humble abode.

Miniature stream

Coats and hats removed, shoes exchanged for comfy slippers and a nice hot cup of tea! That’s what life’s all about!


8 thoughts on “A Winters Walk.

  1. What a pleasant way to spend a winter’s day TG I wonder if I would do that if I didn’t have to walk dogs, but I am so glad I have, as I’d become a real couch potato, especially this time of the year. And it looks quite interesting with quite a lot to see.
    I hope the horses are looked after round your way and not just like some poor creatures that are left to fend for themselves almost. You must remember and take an apple or carrot next time, maybe it would help K to be a bit braver, Look wh’s talking, they worry me a bit 🙂 look forward to hearing about your next one.

    • The small ponies in the bottom field do seem rather unkept which goes some way to explain why just about everybody spoils them so much. The lady on Friday had arrived by car and was giving them a load of wholemeal bread. Others including children take them carrots, apples etc and polo mints. They always look rather scruffy and unwashed to me, usually caked in mud all the time, and do appear to need a good wash down and some tender care including brushing.

    • I agree. The lady I got talking to (the one with the wholemeal bread) seemed to know a lot about them. She knew that the smallest pony who thankfully had a coat on, was not eating properly. I didn’t enquire how she knew unfortunately.

  2. What a lovely area you live in 🙂 I love the old buildings, bridges and that house is awesome. That pony was cute…what a nice walk you had.
    Have a great week filled with smiles and laughter,

  3. Hello TG
    Have just enjoyed “going” on such a lovely walk with you ! I love your photographs and the way you take us along with you in words, You certainly have beautiful walks around you.

    I hope the snow has not curtailed your ramblings too much, it has been pretty heavy here (Essex/Suffolk border), but is beginning to thaw today, I hate it when it gets all slushy and muddy.

    Hope you have an enjoyable week.

    Take care Marjie x

    • We ended up with about half a centimetre here Marjie, which quickly disappeared as soon as the sun shone the next day. So much for all that panic buying at our local supermarkets…sigh

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