Now that government restrictions are a bit more relaxed, we find that we’re all able to travel a bit further afield. So we can see a little more of the world than our local streets and footpaths if we feel like it. Personally, I feel blessed that I live right on the doorstep to the Spen Valley Greenway, which boasts seven miles of tarmac-covered converted train line – on the flat, which is at a premium in these parts, as I’m sure you’ll appreciate. If that’s not enough, the south-eastern end lets out onto canal towpaths that don’t stop until you do! So if you’re getting a little stir crazy and you have transport, you can get yourself out there to visit and walk the paths of a few new (or perhaps not so new) places. I’d like to share a few of my favourites but would also like to stress that you should check that they’re open before you travel out there.
One of the closest (to us at Elite Kids Coaching HQ, at any rate), is the lovely grounds in and around Nostell Priory. Obelisk Walk is especially nice, comprising a series of interconnecting habitats, of ancient woodland, grazing pasture and wildflower meadows.
Travel west towards Hebden Bridge and you’ll find the Railway Trail at Hardcastle Crags. This wooded valley enjoys the epithet of ‘Little Switzerland’ due to its rough (but certainly not impassable) terrain, tumbling streams, fauna and flora. Put your scrambling boots on and let the kids have an explorational ball.
Fountains Abbey offers a very gentle experience with its ancient trees walk. A circular pathway that, apart from the ancient trees, gives insight into 18th-century landscaping.
Not for the faint-hearted, but certainly for clambering fanatics, Brimham Rocks is a Mecca for adventurous kids and big kids alike. Acres and acres of impressive rock formations to explore and climb. There’s a cafe there too – if open. Can I advise you to try the hot sausage rolls? You won’t regret it!
A place I’ve never personally been but comes highly recommended is Beningbrough’s parkland walk. Beningbrough boasts some of the most picturesque parkland and woods, passing through Newton on Ouse Village and the Larch Walk along the way.
Take a scenic walk from Malham village to the magical waterfall at Janet’s Foss, that follows the stream along gravel paths through fields and woodlands. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, plan your route to incorporate the imposing Malham Cove and Gordale Scar.
Maybe a walk too far at this point is Ingleton Waterfall. It’s a bit of a trek, but worth it if amenities are open. There’s a little shop halfway around that sells coffees and icecream. Don’t do what we did first time out and have a wallet full of cards rather than cash. It’s upsetting seeing everyone else tucking into cornets and lollies when you only have 20p in your pocket!
Hopefully, things will be even more back to normal by the end of the month. It’s been rather a challenge for the majority of us. The one good thing that seems to have happened during the past couple of months, is that those of us who’ve been lucky enough to avoid contracting coronavirus have got on the road to getting ourselves a lot fitter. Are you going to keep up the new trend? You know you want to!