North York Moors CAM
Thursday 10th May 2001
Warm & sunny
( 20ºC warmer than just 3 weeks ago - typical England! )
Dalby Forest - Staindale Lake
( 11 miles )
Today's walk begins at the Dalby Forest Visitor's Centre car park near the tiny hamlet of Low Dalby (Grid Ref: 856 876)
As we set off walking it's lovely to see the children taking advantage of the play area in the warm sunshine
The weather is glorious - we couldn't have chosen a better day
As we follow the road along the Forest Drive we see our first adder of the year - Jim was quite happy it was a dead one!
On leaving the road we begin to follow the familiar forestry tracks . . .
. . . before reaching the large open expanse of Adderstone Field car park and children's play area . . .
. . . where a couple of open-air 'pop concerts' are planned later this summer
At this point we join the waymarked Adderstone Rigg Walk
The dense forest becomes a little airier here - it's a very pleasant walking terrain
Several 'man-made' sculptures are passed before . . .
. . . we arrive at the 'Adderstone' itself - a huge, naturally-weathered boulder formed during the Jurassic period
A bit further on we
get our first glimpse of Staindale Lake and the few houses of
- scattered beyond a buttercup-carpeted meadow
Staindale Lake is a haven for wildlife - today it was enjoyed by Canada Geese and a black labrador called Luke . . .
I've reserved the table - would anyone like to join me for a drink?
Staindale Lake as seen from its western extremity - today it looked a picture
From Staindale Lake we made our way back, soon retracing our steps from three weeks ago
We haven't enjoyed blue skies like these for months
Oh 'eck . . . one thing I do recommend if you visit Dalby Forest is a 2½ inch-to-1mile Ordnance Survey Map
There are forestry tracks heading off in all directions - some are still out of bounds due to 'Foot & Mouth Disease'
I wondered what
this ruined building was when we came three weeks ago
Diana, at the Visitor's Centre, kindly informed me that it is the remains of an explosive's store,
part of a military camp built here during World War II
Soon we're back amongst the picturesque houses of Low Dalby where the daffs are still in bloom
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