Papcastle Annual Parish Boundary Walk

After days of unsettled weather, the 25 June 2005 saw the sun shining brightly for this year’s annual boundary walk. From the village hall, Parish Chairman, David Johnson, found himself leading a happy band of twenty-four villagers ranging in ages from seven to seventy-plus.

Gathering at the village hallAlong the hedgerows

The first section, along the old Roman road, is notorious for being overgrown, but it had been cleared some days previously with sickles by two (never again!) volunteers. However, this is not to say that there were not some later parts, especially by the Broughton Beck, where the intrepid group had to fight their way through chest high nettles!

Fighting through the thistlesEnjoying well-earned refreshments

Stiles were climbed (sometimes with a little assistance!), wonderful views were admired, wild flowers were identified and lots of congenial conversations took place. Names were put to faces, newcomers were made to feel welcome and nobody got lost. After the two and a half-hour trek, it was back to the village hall where Mike, Jan and Jeanne had prepared rewarding cups of tea and scones.

The warm and pleasantly weary group of walkers dispersed to their abodes vowing to return to keep this pathway walkable, aware that it is a case of “use it or lose it”!

Details of the route and further pictures can be found on this site under “Walks and Rides”.