GLW2105 : The
11th February 2021
hadn't expected this to turn into a Great Little Walk
so I didn't take my camera. But it did so I have
had to rely on that on my phone, hence photos not as
good as they might have been.
parked by the inevitably covidly closed Strickland Arms
and walked up, in glorious winter sunshine, past the
similarly closed (except for carry-out coffee) Sizergh
Castle and up to Helsington Church, also shut. It
was quite busy on the way but there is one place that
you are almost guaranteed to find a quite pleasant place
to rest your weary legs and that is in the churchyard.
was in good form so we decided to carry on to Helsington
Barrows, enjoying the superb views of the snow topped
I thought we had agreed to drop
down to Barrowfield but was overruled. We were
to head east to pick up the Brigsteer Road.
a good decision. We followed a path that is not
shown on the map but is clearly intended to be used
through the boundary wall gate.
When the path
split, we took what appeared to be the route less travelled
but in a better direction for us. It led down
to an unusual looking group of trees, one of which
had a most unexpected attachment.
just a rope slung over a branch but a proper swing with
strong metal links on the immensely long chains. I
don't think I have ever seen a swing with such a long
that she used to spend hours on swings as a child, Margaret
leapt on and could well have spent hours there as an
adult but we hadn't had our lunch so other priorities
took over. We had to get back home.
we walked, we agreed how much fun the grandchildren could
have there and how we must tell Emma all about our discovery.
on the picture for the movie
we reached the road, crossed and more or less retraced
our steps back to the car.
texted Emma to tell her all about the swing, how it
is hidden on the hill but how to find it. The
kids will love it, she finished. Emma's reply
was succinct. "Yes. They do."
Doris Day might have sung: Our Secret Swing's No Secret
Thursday 11th February.
miles 574 feet