Early October brought slow changes to the woods. On a changeable Sunday, we headed up to Palace House Road and took the first path into Crow Nest woods. As we climbed, we picked a few remaining blackberries and popped balsam pods. We paused to admire the gradually altering autumnal colours across the valley before coming to a fork in the path.
This time we chose to go westwards, a path we had not walked for some years. The path was ill-maintained and tricky in places, littered with sticks and stones. We zig-zagged to the top of the wood and figured it must be an ancient route-way as cliff-like sides and exposed tree roots suggested it had sunk a few feet over time.
We remarked on how different the wood looked to our last visit in May. Patches of straw-like grass stood in the place of the earlier bluebells; multi-coloured beech leaves littered the route; half-eaten mushrooms poked out from the ground.
We carried on eastwards along the top path as it became made for elves and noticed a tree that looked like Groot (or an elephant depending on the angle).
On reaching the apex, we crossed the small stream and continued down into the quarry. Greeted by the remains of a fire, more balsam, (although dying off some still clung on), and fallen trees riddled with fungi. I said that if it was cleaned up a bit it could be Malham Cove.
Doubling back, we came onto a narrow path behind the road. Turning eastwards once more, we found ourselves on another old road, this time paved with cobbles, becoming slippery concrete further down.
As we emerged just north of the train station, we saw evidence of work being undertaken in the stone yard. We picked our way through piles of stones and interesting junk to investigate. It appeared that the old watermill was being made to work again (very heartening). From there, we walked onto Station road, across the main road and up Commercial Street. We reached the Sunday market just in time to catch Craggs Cakes for a tasty treat.
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