Greno Woods Walk - 16th September

Posted 20/9/2015

We endured a slightly unfortunate beginning and end to this walk, which was otherwise a very pleasant finale to the summer's evening walks calendar.  The pub we started at was not open when we arrived but in the absence of other local parking availability, we decided we had little choice but to park there.  The landlady came out requesting to speak to whoever was in charge, to ask us why we had ignored the signs saying "Parking for Patrons Only".  Our chairman informed her of the group's first rule - that we always finish at a pub - and a truce was reached on the solemn promise our party would return for a drink in around 90 minutes' time,

Our first task was to locate a track, shown on the map to be right on the A61/A629 junction.  Believing we had located the track, we proceeded up what transpired to be someone's private access road, as pointed out to us by the irate resident in question - 2 minutes, 20 yards, 2 tellings off! Not the best start!

Our route proceeded through pleasant farmland before rising steeply to a road.  The ascent offered splendid views behind us reaching as far as Ferrybridge, Eggborough and Drax power stations along the horizon.  We then followed the road to the corner of Greno Woods and took the short trek the trig point therein, before enjoying a short navigation of  the well-maintained tracks on offer.  The forecast rain was nowhere in sight but by this time neither was the sun and we concluded our return to the A61 by torchlight on a woodland path strewn with raised tree roots.  We had decided on a revised route to ensure we finished in daylight but it appears even our foreshortened route was overambitious by about fifteen minutes!

On arrival back at the pub, we could scarcely believe our eyes when we found it locked up and in darkness!  Fortunately it was only a short drive to the Acorn Inn at Burncross, which was well-stocked with a wide selection of Bradfield Brewery's produce to quench our thirsts,  All in, it was an enjoyable outing and, as ever, we extend our thanks to all who attended.