My wonderful partner is currently surveying Public Rights of Way, making sure they're still accessible and all stiles and crossing points still exist so that walkers may pass unhindered., It's one of her duties as a Yorkshire Dales National Park volunteer Ranger.
In mixed weather and lowering skies we set out to do two of these paths. Judging by their appearance neither had been used for some time though one, from Yarnbury to Hebden Ghyll, had been a favourite of mine in racing days. The urge to run it again was irresistible. So I did...
avoiding the reeds
Good stile, poor lambing gate
Getting a bit of speed up
Not many runners round here...
Crossing a culvert
Running - with what looks like a tree on my back!
Sheep thinking "What the hell are they up to?"
The joy of movement
Wait for me...
By heck, I'm enjoying this...a final sprint as my old body seemed to have taken on a new lease of life. Just for the day.
That was the end of the first footpath survey. As anyone can see, it doesn't look much like a right of way but it exists on the map so has to be kept open.
Next day we did the other one, from High Lane to Low Garnshaw, this time as an enjoyable walk for my rickety legs said they'd done enough running. Occasionally I listen to my body!
Dilapidated building, wall and stile
A bit tight, but accessible
A muddy cripple 'ole for sheep
View across the Wharfe valley
Continuing, map in hand, along the invisible path
Roe Deer sculpture, a well in the field and we've almost reached the finish. At last, I know where I am.
I'd have run this very pleasant path before but, like many more people, I never knew it existed. Now that it's been surveyed the National Parks people will probably produce a descriptive leaflet to hand out, or sell, to prospective walkers. I hope not.
Some places should remain sacred.