Harrogate & District Walks
Date: 11th March 2012
Distance: 2.0 miles
Ascent: 211 feet
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
With: Lisa and Rhiannon
Start Grid Ref: SE288547
A short family stroll up on to Birk Crag, a favourite picnic spot from my childhood.
Route Summary: Harlow Moor Road - Birk Crag - Crag Lane - Pinewoods - Harlow Moor Road
1. Lisa and Rhiannon walkling through the woods to Birk Crag
2. A Common Toad (I think!)
3. Looking towards the Knabs Ridge Wind Farm from Birk Crag
4. Daffodils on Crag Lane
5. The view north from Harlow Hill
6. Rhiannon in the Pinewoods
Walk Detail: This was the first time we'd taken Rhiannon up to Birk Crag and we all enjoyed the initial walk through the woods, which as often happens with Rhiannon turned into an extended game of hide-and-seek. Further on we spotted numerous ladybirds and at least 3 or 4 toads on the path.
After having our a picnic on the rim of the crag we continued on to the end of Crag Lane which we followed for a short distance before taking the path along the edge, and then through the Pinewoods, back to the start.
Although only a very short walk I thoroughly enjoyed this as Birk Crag and the Pinewoods were both regular destinations for family picnics as a child and I'm always susceptible to a good bit of nostalgia.