Woodhouse Ridge

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I’ve grown to love the Ridge over the last few years. It’s a deceptively big place. On the face of it just a narrow strip of wood between the tightly packed terraces of Woodhouse and Meanwood Road in the valley bottom, it’s criss-crossed with paths, each of which has a slightly different character. I’ve seen a pair of jays here, an owl once, endless squirrels, and because of that maybe, it’s a foxes paradise. Lucy Newlyn’s poem Bandstand is here next to the remains of the old Victorian bandstand. At one end you’re almost at Sheepscar, easy distance to the town centre. At the other you can slip across Grove Lane in Headingley and stay on foot paths out to Golden Acre Park. I’ve walked dogs here in frosty Winter, dug Hannah’s allotment in Spring, recorded birds at dawn in Summer, walked back one dark night in a storm from Wheatfields hospice at Halloween. It’s always the same and it’s never the same. When I read The Wisdom of Wilderness, the book Quaker psychiatrist Gerald May wrote just before he died, I was convinced by his argument that we all need a bit of wilderness to keep us sane. This is the nearest I get to it in my daily life. Terry

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7 thoughts on “Woodhouse Ridge

  1. Niccola, Sue, I can highly recommend a walk over the ridge, esp when the wild garlic is out. Lots of little paths to investigate. There’s a great voluntary group called WRAG (Woodhouse Ridge Action Group) who meet once a month to keep it tidy & look after the plants.

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      • I just happened to look at the noticeboard at my community centre and found a notice about WRAG. They have a website at http://www.woodhouseridge.org.uk and will next meet on Sunday 30 September, then 28 October and 25 November, from 10 a.m. to 2/2.30 p.m. for ‘conservation work’. which I think means tidying up the paths, clearing litter and generally looking after the place. Terry

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    • Thanks Vicky. It is an interesting place. I didn’t want to overload it, but there are other things about that wood – like the fact that in the 1600s there was a skirmish here in the English Civil War. There are info boards here and there that tell you such things – I think the group Losa talked about, WRAG, might be responsible.

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