The Specs that saw Everything so far
get retired after 11+ years service.
|The Lounge Cinema (former), Headingley.|
|Grove Lane, Meanwood.|
|Ascending Potternewton Lane to the Miles Hill estate.|
|Potternewton House, Gatehouse and Flats.|
|Gledhow Grove finally getting its revival, Mansion Gate.|
|The Clock buildings and Fforde Green (former), Roundhay Road.|
|Harehills Lane is a picture of commercial activity.|
The Shaftesbury Pub and Cinema Former), Harehills Lane - York Road.
(not pictured: Mormon missionaries(!))
|The Rookwoods, Osmondthorpe.|
|The NER vintage Neville Hill railway depot.|
|Packaging and Distribution rules on the Thornes Farm Ind. Est.|
|The A63 Pontefract Lane, and the prominent wind turbine.|
Pass over the canalised Wyke Beck and note that there isn't a great deal to observe in this landscape, even with the new Amazon warehouse arriving by the roadside, as there's little to see in the low fields between the road and the River Aire, where the sewage farms, the former Skelton Grange power station site and the new Temple Moor Park & Ride are the only features in a landscape with no accessible paths for the walker, and instead watch the skies as an iridescent cloud makes a brief appearance. Meet the bottom edge of the Temple Newsam park grounds, the woods to the south of the golf course, and follow the estate perimeter as views back to the city recede and we run in close to Junction 45 of the M1, where all sorts of heavy plant have been gathered for the on-going roadworks, and have made quite a mess of the track by the main roads, and it looks like their muster point might have blocked our path, but thankfully they haven't as the track rises to give us view of the motorway that is about as pretty as the winter sunshine can provide. Find the pathway under the M1, to move to the Pontwerfact Road side of the motorway, following the track south-eastwards with only waste disposal traffic for company as it runs down to Biffa's Skelton Grange waste management site, where the tipping has created huge mounds on the former opencast colliery site, and huge clouds of gulls fill the skies hopeful for an easy feeding. It can keep the mind nicely occupied as we roll on to meet the farms at Newsam Green, clinging on their almost private road, away from the landfill and the scars of coal mining, and as we meet tracks previously seen, interest can be directed to trying to spot Leventhorpe Hall as it hides away behind clumps of trees, as its apparently still in there, having survived the years of mining surrounding its plots, unlike the lost Swillington House a mile or so downstream. Through the carved groove on the lane and on past the lodge house to run out on the correct route this time to pass the vineyard(!) and meet Bullerthorpe Lane, and check on my time keeping to see if we can make the train from Woodlesford, and thus the last stretch, seen on many prior occasions can go down quickly, past the Bridge End House and over the Aire at Swillington Bridge. Then get frustrated by the distance along the A642 Aberford to the Navigation and then some more on the rise up to the railway, before rolling onto Station Lane and arriving at the station just as the 2.40pm edition of the Five Towns Party Express rolls up to the platform, closer than I'd have liked but a 10 mile trek goes down in 4 hours for the first time this season!
|Skelton Moor farm, enduring in a changing landscape.|
|Between Temple Newsam estate, and the M1.|
|Skelton Grange Waste Management Facility, and so many Gulls!|
|Bridge End Farm and Hotel, Aberford Road.|
To Be Continued and Concluded...
5,000 Miles Cumulative Total: 3139 miles
2018 Total: 30.5 miles
Up Country Total: 2863.4 miles
Solo Total: 2882.7 miles
Next Up: Six Year Walking Anniversary, and I'm not going any place special!