Richard Bell’s Wild West Yorkshire nature diary, Friday, 3rd April 2009
JUMPING ON what we thought was the Ilkley train at Leeds, we didn’t realise that
we’d got on the previous train and we found ourselves heading for Skipton.
‘I hope the rest of your day goes better for you!’ said the guard. A couple of passengers
suggested an alternative to the walk we had been planning: we took the bus to Bolton
Bridge, had brocolli & Stilton soup at Bolton Abbey Tea Cottage, then followed the
Dales Way alongside the River Wharfe via Addingham to Ilkley.
Drawing from the bus, heading for Bolton Bridge, isn’t so easy as drawing from the
If we’d come in the car, we’d have had to negotiate the Leeds Ring Road at rush hour
on our return journey. Taking the train, someone else does the driving, giving me
chance to do a little more drawing.
Tucked in between the A59 roundabout and the Wharfe at Bolton Bridge there’s a triangle
of trees, bushes and a grassy track where we heard our first chiffchaff of the year
and saw our first wood anemone and butterbur in flower.
Spending the day walking doesn’t help us with all the jobs we still have to do back
home but on a perfect spring day like today it does us a whole lot better than staying
at home catching up on things would. It’s good to be reminded that there’s a whole
world out there waiting for us to explore and enjoy.