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" Tickhill as the Snow Arrives "
Date & start time: Saturday 4th February 2012.
Location of Start : Wheatfield Drive, Tickhill, Yorkshire, Uk
Places visited : Town, the Castle Moat and Mill Pond and the A1.
Walk details : Local walks today
Highest point : Oooo . . . perhaps the snow ?.
Walked with : Paula, Al, Thomas, Abi, Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Overcast and a forecast of evening snow.
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A few days at work and we're off again, catching up with our second eldest daughter and family.
More snow was forecast but snow in the northern Lakes was melting,
so with clear roads up here we set off for Yorkshire on Friday afternoon.
The Buttercross in Tickhill.
There's no snow down here so we have a slide-free walk around the village.
The green grocers encouraging all to shop locally.
Folk seem to be doing that as the shop is busy and the produce looks really fresh.
We took the opportunity to combine the walk with a little local geo-caching.
There are three caches in the village according to the Geocaching internet site . . . one is a puzzle cache, the other two are more conventional.
We find it after a little search . . . Abi turns to tell Ann.
We'll not say exactly where it is but it is opposite the Mill Pond in Tickhill.
We start by walking past the mill pond . . . which is a pleasure in itself.
The area was renovated a few years back and is looking much better.
The route takes us past this dramatic pollarded willow tree.
Mmmm . . . it is somewhere round here !
Beautifully coloured local stonework to look at while we search.
Back to the pond where Paula stops to talk to friends and we check out the ducks.
We didn't bring any food but others did.
Spot the two odd ones out . . . all the rest are male and female Mallards.
Abi contemplates a swim . . . not !
The pond is partially frozen and some are standing rather than floating on the water.
Gareth is neither standing nor floating . . .
he's sitting comfortably and by so doing he's keeping the dogs a little further away.
Time to extend the walk slightly
by taking the field path round the other side of the castle mound back to the house.
A view across the fields to the castle mound (just showing above the trees) and the church.
Zooming in on St Mary's Church in Tickhill.
Back towards home using a nice circular route.
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In the evening the predicted snow started to arrive.
Before our evening meal I took the dogs out for an extra walk.
The snow was settling appreciably, even at this stage.
The new Belloway Estate with someone taking the down-slope slowly and carefully.
I walked to the motorway bridge and set the camera on "4 seconds ~ no flash" setting, as the cars passed.
Looking the other way.
The flashing orange tracer was the gritter lorry warning light . . . followed by the white lights of numerous cars.
Back in the garden ~ Harry still has plenty of energy.
What ? . . . Fighting ? . . . Not us . . . Butter wouldn't melt !
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Fuji Finepix Compact or my Canon G10/1100D camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . two energy filled dogs.
Previous walk - 2nd February 2012 First Week Back and the Snow
A previous time up here - 3rd/4th Dec 2009 A pre-Christmas return via Tickhill
Next walk - 5th February 2012 York and Sutton Bank with Jo