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            Barwick in Elmet, West Yorkshire, 25th  November, 2018

'A' Walk - 11 miles.  Leader - Martin Vincent.  Grade -moderate .  Ascent - 700 feet.

Barwick in Elmet is known for its Iron Age hill fort which became a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle 1000 yrs later, and a maypole some 87ft high, which traditionally is climbed by a young lad  to spin the fox at the top of the pole.

We leave Barwick walking west past Limekiln Hill to Scholes, and then down Bog Lane (which isn’t boggy), on to the Leeds Country Way and past Garforth Golf Club. It’s then back eastwards along Parlington Lane past Throstlenest Bridge & Farm, through a scary dark tunnel (there is an alternative path for the timid), to ‘Nellie’s Tree’ (see below), which was voted UK tree of the year 2018, and is being entered into the 2019 European tree of the year competition (more details available from the leader).

It’s then through Aberford for lunch in the playground near the ‘Arabian Horse’ public house.

After lunch we pass Becca Park, Hall & Farm, travelling north to the medieval village of Potterton and on to Kiddal Bridge and Jacob’s Well where we join the Leeds Country Way again back to Barwick, which should provide time to explore the Norman Motte and Bailey Castle.

'B' Walk - 8.75 miles .  Leader - Barry Osborne .  Grade - easy/moderate .   Ascent -740 feet .

Our walk today is from the lovely village of Barwick in Elmet which lies just to the east of Leeds close to the A1.  Barwick is Nellie's TreeNellie's Treefamous for having the tallest maypole in the country at 86ft.  Mayday is celebrated here every 3rd year when a young person of the village climbs the maypole to spin the weather vane.
The village is also famous for the theme from the Archers, which was written by Arthur Wood, called "On Barwick Green".  Also on our walk we may see Nellie's Tree which was recently voted the most popular tree in the country, I will explain on the walk.
Today we start the walk from the maypole in Barwick, walking in a northerly direction across two footbridges through fields until we reach the A64 road, where, avoiding the road, we turn east to head towards Potterton Hall.  From here we proceed south until we arrive at Leyfield Farm to begin a short walk along a road, and then through a wooded area to reach Aberford.
We then continue our walk south westerly through the Parlington EstateEntrance to Parlington HallEntrance to Parlington Hall where we shall have lunch.
Well fed and watered, we walk south west until we reach Garforth Golf Course, where we will proceed with care to avoid being hit by white flying missiles!  Hopefully safely across the course, we continue north through a few fields back to Barwick.
Back in the village we have the option of refreshments at three pubs, The Gascoigne Arms, The Black Swan and the New Inn.

'C' Walk - 5 miles.  Leaders - Maureen Dransfield & Barbara Morris.  Grade - easy . 

Village maypoleVillage maypoleWe start our walk at the maypole in the village centre and head out into open countryside.

Crossing meadows and through farmyards brings us late morning to Langlands Garden Centre where we can have a leisurely stop and take refreshments.

After this interesting break we retrace our steps and join country lanes taking us into Scholes Conservation Area where we can enjoy a late lunch.

A gentle walk takes us back to the village where there is a choice of  three pubs for refreshments.

There are 11 stiles of which some are a bit tricky but the tracks are good and it's generally okay underfoot.

We were lucky to see Red Kites on the recce.



 Forthcoming Walks

                     2018 ...    December 9th - Oughtibridge, Sheffield

                                    December 17th - Christmas walk

                     2019 ...    January 6th - Penistone, South Yorkshire

                                    January 20th - Bakewell, Derbyshire