Goats on the Roof - Oct
Mon 10th October 2011
It was a wet and windy day that greeted us all as we met at Goats on the Roof, but the lively group was not going to let a few drops of rain dampen their day.
After skirting Fontburn Reservoir for a short distance we were soon climbing our way up through Greenleighton Farm to a super vantage point of the reservoir down below. The climb had certainly warmed us all up and as we stopped we could just see Simonside poking through the mist and after plenty of talk about hefted sheep, and raking them up and down the hillside, it was time to follow the line of the ‘shake holes’.
We turned into the wind as we continued to the highest point of the walk, Greenleighton Hill.
The wind was not as bad as originally feared and we could stop at the trig point.
Then it was down to the ‘wall that Jon built’ as we discussed the building process of dry stone walls and also we had a good opportunity to discuss the farm as a whole. After skirting around the edge of the farm steading we found a great sheltered spot for lunch well out of the wind.
After lunch we continued on, heading towards Harwood Forest. Rather than entering the forest we looked and discussed the remote farm of Fallowlees, which was once part of the Wallington Estate before the vast majority of the farm being planted with trees.
After a quick stop off at the Iron Age burial site and the cup and ring marks we where back walking along the edge of Fontburn Reservoir.
Just as we reached Goats on the Roof the rain starting coming down again, this gave a superb excuse for a hot drink for all.
It had been a great walk. Superb company and even if the weather was not the greatest it did not take away from the walk. Thanks and I hope to see you all again.