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Walking challenges and secrets

Rebecca reports....

On 20th July, just a day after our British record breaking 40 degree weather, 16 walkers (and surprisingly no dogs) met on the edge of Harewood House near Harrogate for a walk. Despite the big drop in temperature from the day before, the temperature had already reached the low 20s when we set off.

Organised by Mike and Ros Hay, walkers could choose between a longer 7-mile route or a shorter 5-mile route with each taking a group. Immediately, we were treated to distant views of Harewood House and the vastness of the property. The routes weaved through the estate and the wooded paths provided necessary shade for the mostly British (all but me) walking group.

The long walkers said goodbye to the short walkers and continued on their way around the estate, in the humid mid-afternoon heat. Winding through fields and farmland, the walk ended on prolonged gradual incline up to the road taking us back to the shaded lay by where the short walkers were waiting for us.

A short drive later, were gathered at the Shoulder of Mutton in Kirby Overblow for lunch and a few cold drinks. According to James Coyners, the shoulder didn't

look like shoulder but "it tasted nice and that's all that matters."

The walk did start and end with some challenges. However, as a former rugby player, I was reminded that “what happens on tour stays on tour.” So, any further details of the day remain with the walkers.

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