2015 Treasure Hunt - 19th July 2015
Report by Sheila Mason
Woke up to heavy rain but happily the sun came out at 9.30 and stayed
fine all day! We met in Thirsk market place at 10 ready to leave at
10.30. There should have been 10 cars, but unfortunately one driver and
one car were poorly, leaving just 9.
We headed west with our Route Instructions and list of Treasure Hunt
questions. We had some challenging questions from Neil and Heather that
definitely kept our brains ticking over.
Our first stop was Masham market place where we had three questions to
answer and have a cup of coffee, if required. Tony and I thought we
deserved one as there had been already six questions before arriving in
We left Masham turning right after Grewethorpe village sign and onto
Ilton passing Dennis Wheatley's house. Then onto Swinton passing the
Swinton Bivouac Centre, anyone for "Glamping"?
The instructions told us to park nearby and answer more questions - one
being to find a Druids Temple. I do not think any of us knew even the
existence of this local historical site. This structure was created by
William Danby of nearby Swinton Hall in 1820. He created the temple to
generate work for the local population who were paid 1 shilling a day. A
salary was offered for someone to live at the Temple, unfortunately he
only lasted five years before going mad!
We were on our way again, with a further 10 questions to answer. Through
some very pretty countryside, until we arrived at our lunch destination,
The George on the Ripon road. Lunch was booked for 2pm and most cars
arrived just in time. We were pleased to have Dave and Kate join us for
lunch and hear, about Steve and Dot's daughter's wedding, that they had
attended the evening before. The winners of the Treasure Hunt were Bill
and Mavis and Martin and Sue with joint scores of 21.
Everyone was concentrating so much on the questions that no one took any
Thank you to Heather and Neil for organising a challenging but extremely