A late April Sunday walk began with a climb up to Crow Nest wood. We took the most direct route straight to the top treeline.
The previous seasons’ detritus crunched underfoot, broken in places by fresh spring growth. A few early bluebells pushed up through the brown. Above us, branches framed a fresh blue sky. We crossed the glade at the top of the quarry, passing a clump of silver birch and noting fresh green shoots on oak and chestnuts along the tiny path.
We navigated the tree roots serving as steps down near Wood Top Farm. Taking a diagonal path in front of us, we walked along the paved lane for a time, before taking a shortcut through a field into Stubb Clough.
The brook tinkled below as we crossed the bridge and ascended the stone steps. Emerging onto Wood Hey Lane, we continued to Park Lane. We rested on the verge with green fields behind stone walls either side, to watch new lambs gambolling and bleating.
From there we carried on until it became Nest Lane and into Mytholmroyd. We took the quicker way back along the canal, laughing at angry geese and wondering at iron fixtures.
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