Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Bimbling around Kirkby, Hutton, and Gillamoor

Hello. I started this last night but after loading the photo's, one at a time because my little laptop would not let me make multiple uploading, I gave up and went to bed. Today is a new day and I am up early, so maybe I'll get this posted before breakfast.
 Wow, what a lot of birthday wishes, thank you all very much, I am chuffed. My celebrations continue and I am bimbling around North Yorkshire. Not a long walk today, as I didn't get started until lunchtime, only eight miles. The weather is warm and I was soon changing into my shorts. The car park in Kirkbymoorside is expensive and everyone seems to park on the side of the road, so I did the same. After a quick look in the church, I was on my way. I had identified a circular walk which would take me to Hutton le Hole, Gillamoor, and back to Kirkby.
The map was telling me I had to cross a stream over a footbridge. Alas, no footbridge, and no water either.
I love the North Yorkshire National Park. The Moors and Dales are just fab walking country.
Oooh look a nice Scania truck, the driver loading his logs with a grab crane. I prefer Volvo's myself, but Scania come a close second. I was brought up on ERF's though, but the only ones you see now are vintage. 
A row of dinky little shops in Hutton. I didn't cave in and get an ice cream though, I had my packup to eat. 
A quick look through the window of the museum at the entrance charge was enough to put me off going in here. £6.50 for seniors. Don't think I'll bother, I'll walk around the village instead.
It's a pretty village, with two parallel roads and a stream between them. 

Plenty of cottages, small and large.

Out of Hutton following the Tabular Hills Walk, a long distance footpath, plenty of signposts. 
There's quite a steep stretch of road to climb up into the village of Gillamoor. This is the view you get when you reach the church at the top. An elderly couple in a posh Volvo car stopped to ask me if I wanted a lift back to Kirkby. I'm sure they thought me a bit potty when I said I wanted to walk, and was counting it towards my 1000 mile target.
The church at Gillamoor.
I thought this was a neat idea, in the absence of a village shop some enterprising person has parked a cart at the front of their house. Sweets and snacks available, and a few basic provisions. 
The playing field near the school was busy, full of kiddywinks burning off excess energy by chucking a ball around. Coming back into Kirkby, it says there are remains of a castle on the map, so I went in search of it. Not a lot left, but some nice walks through the woods. Most of what is left of the castle has been swallowed up.
That's the walk done, back to my car to drive to Gillamoor for my B & B. I arrived just as the farmer was about to leave, he had left a note pinned to the door of my room, I was to let myself in. It seems very laid back here. Very nice room, time to chill and watch the tele. Load of tosh on though, might as well play on the computer.

Breakfast at 8.30 just time to jump in the bath. The weather forecast is not so good for today, hope I can dodge the rain. Thanks for popping in. Have a nice day,
Toodle pip.


  1. This is why I love reading blogs so much fab interesting stuff to see and read, my list of places to go is growing too fast I'll never get through it all. Your walking route looks lovely that sweet cart is a great idea lol. I don't blame you for not forking out the money for the museum when we went to York we decided against the Minster as it was £12 each pretty excessive I think. I hope you continue to enjoy your celebrations Iliona.

  2. Beautiful landscape! I actually drive the bus... And I prefer Scania over Volvo anytime, any day! I hope Volvo make their lorries better than they make their buses..! ;)

  3. Lovely pictures Ilona. Hope you get decent weather for the rat of your bimbling.
    When I was training for the Moonlight Walk some years ago a gentleman stopped to give me a lift in the drizzly rain. I explained what I was doing and he drove on. Turns out he lived just up the hill from me and ended up sponsoring me for the walk.
    Look forward to reading about the next stage of your journey.

  4. The Ryedale Folk Museum is fabulous though, lots of things to walk round in the open air and lots of animals. Well worth a splurge on.

  5. I'm with Wendy-love to travel via the blogs. Enjoy the rest of your little get away.

  6. You really are a brilliant walker but I do love that you were offered a lift. Good people are still around.

    Thank you for the photos. If you are don't mind please share a link to the B&B's you stay at.

    Hope it stays dry for you today. Take care.

  7. Such lovely pictures, that town of Hutton looks so charming. Would love to see pictures of your B&B. Hope you have good weather.

  8. Danneke here, I took my daughter to the Ryedale Museum one year when she came to UK from NZ and frankly I was disappointed with it and the prices, The surrounding villages are pretty especially in the spring when daffodils are out, so spectacular. Sorry the weather is not so good here in N/Yorkshire Ilona, Could be a bit better tomorrow the forcasters are saying . Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

  9. In my previous comment I somehow managed to give the impression you were accompanied by rat! A typing error of course, so I hope you get decent weather for the rest of your journey Ilona.

  10. belated birthday wishes - didn't realise it is so close to DH's birthday. We cycled down to Riccall and stayed in a lovely B&B for his birthday - added 154 miles to my 4000miles target for the year. Enjoy the rest of your time away.

  11. Happy Birthday a little late! Seems like you're having a great time walking through pretty towns and seeing the sights. Glad you are having a nice time. Great pics as usual! Arlene from NJ (US).

  12. What a beautiful country you live in! I wouldn't know where to look first!
    And, a happy belated birthday to you! Your birthday week has started splendidly!

  13. Oh, I love Hutton le Hole, or as it's known in our house, 'sheep muck central' due to the sheep grazing wherever they wish!
    The Ryedale folk museum is great, but to get the best from it you need to spend a lot of time there absorbing everything. It would be a tad expensive if you couldn't allow yourself a few hours to enjoy it!
    We have friends who live in Kirbymoorside, so spend quite a bit of time in the area, I don't understand why people feel the need to travel abroad when we have our own glorious countryside to admire!
    I suppose some folk don't like our weather too much, bu we have waterproofs, so it doesn't stop us having a great time! X


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