Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
fluttering from the autumn tree.
It's autumn and we are off for a familiar walk round Allen Banks to see the colours of the fall, as the area has acres of deciduous woodland. Not up to New England standards but real England. The weather forecast is not too promising, cloudy with rain at 2pm says the Met Office.
I chose this quote by Emily Bronte, author of Wuthering Heights, because I wanted to escape the cliched "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness " by Keats and anyway I suffered his poetry for O level at a time when you had to remember it and not take an annotated copy into the exam room.
Also I spent a lot of time as a child in and around the Haworth area.
Today a team of seven is out; Brian and Margaret, Dave, Harry, Ben, John H. and me, starting a walk from the National Trust car park near Ridley Hall. Head west on the A69 and turn left near Bardon Mill. There is a charge to park unless you are a member.
The map for the walk is OS OL 43 Hadrian's Wall, a double sided map and the walk is on the edges.
On the way we had breakfast at Brockbushes farm shop. They were having a Halloween Fair for children (and adults). Rides and pumpkins'
Shame about the rain
The walk, but first; MUD WARNING
National Trust car park. £4 for the day, free to members. There is a shelter, useful for changing and sheltering too. And it has a map
The walk at last.
Leaving the back of the car park, past the shelter with a map we followed the footpath above the river to a gate on the right. Through the gate and across fields to a road where we turned left then right towards the village of Beltingham. A pretty village with a church and everything, including a connection withe the late Queen Mother but we've done that, got the T shirt and moved on, taking the track to Shaws across fields.