Jean's Memory Walk
I’ve been trying to keep up with my walking during this lockdown, roughly 3 miles on various routes around Aireborough. This week I decided to do a different one called My memory walk’.
Up to the age of seven my brother and I lived on Whackhouse Lane and then we moved to Westfield Avenue. At the top of the Westfield estate there was a wood, at the bottom of which was the Leeds/Ilkley railway line. We had lots of fun playing there with friends.
I started my walk from home (Football), down Kirk Lane, turned into Whackhouse Lane and then crossed the A65 at Westfield and walked up Old Whackhouse Lane, adjacent to Westfield Primary School. The present school of course is not a bit like the one we attended but we enjoyed it and the head teacher, Miss Leng, was a bit of a stickler. At the top of the estate a lot of those houses were not there when we were young. There were fields, including a football field. I had to ask where the footpath was. It’s a steep footpath which leads down through the trees to the bridge which crosses the railway line. I turned left and followed the wide track towards Gill Lane, crossed over another bridge to the other side of the track. I timed it well because a train appeared so I took a photo. I walked up Gill Lane, passing Low Hall and made my way home.
It was very hot afternoon, but I did enjoy the walk. It brought back a lot of memories of my childhood.