Around Hellifield

1 October 2006: Leaders - John & Sandra Fox

Eighteen members set off from Hellifield Car Park on a warm Autumn afternoon for a stroll round Newton Moor. After crossing the railway level-crossing leading from Haw Grove to Haw Grove Lane, the group traversed the slightly rising lane alongside Wenningber Hill until reaching its junction with Langber Lane. Here we turned left to go behind Newton Moor towards Settle. This was the highest point of the walk, and where there are good views of the surrounding countryside. Before reaching Bookilber Barn, we crossed a stile into a field that would take us around Ling Hill. Much to the delight of the Group, there was a boundless number of mushrooms in this field, many of them Horse Mushrooms almost the size of dinner plates. These were collected and no doubt formed part of the evening meal when members returned home, I know ours did, and we finished off the remains of the crop at breakfast the following morning. From this field it was downhill all the way to Little Newton, from where we followed the track to the “road to nowhere”, then across the fields back to the A65 and the car park.. All in all it was a pleasant 6 mile stroll and we only had to don waterproofs for a short shower as we passed Waterfall Rock.