- Sonja Allen
Otley -16 April 2023
The weather stayed dry and we even got a bit too warm for April. Our long walk was a circular walk in the Nidderdale Area of outstanding natural beauty. We left Otley over the bridge near the wharf with a gentle uphill walk through to Clifton. Then over a gentle gradient down and over the bridge to Lindley Wood Reservoir which was built in 1869. We followed a nice mix of woodlands and open terrain along the side of the Reservoir and the River Washburn. We left the river and had a short period of road walking to Leathley when we crossed back over the River Washburn and had open walking until we picked up the River Wharfe and followed it back into Otley alongside the park and with good views of the wharf.
The medium walk followed the Chevin Forest Walk. Otley Chevin rises to a height of 280m above sea level, offering fabulous views of the Wharfe Valley and the town of Otley below. The walk started on Station Road and continued to the top where we crossed the footbridge over the A660. We had a steady climb to the White House and continued our walk to the Chevin Forest Park. The park consists of woodland, heathland, meadowland and rocky outcrops. There is also an excellent visitor centre and cafe. We walked on the Dales Way link where we saw a series of chainsaw sculptures and followed on through Caley Woods. We arrived at Chevin Car Park and continued our walk by some impressive crags and panoramic views. Making our way back to the White House we had a steady walk back to Otley.