By Christopher Gravett
The fifteenth century was once a time of swap for knighthood. Knights not fought for his or her lords in go back for land, because the feudal summons had lengthy sooner than given strategy to a method of contracts. in addition, many knights now most popular the position of landowner, man-about-town or parliamentary consultant. despite the fact that, this used to be additionally the age of the knight in plate armour, of the conflict of Agincourt and the conquests of Henry V, and of the Wars of the Roses, the bloody internecine fight that tore medieval England aside. during this name Christopher Gravett describes the lifetime of a fifteenth century knight, his gear and stories from his earliest days as a squire via to his studies at the battlefields of britain and France.
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Cross the field to a through-stile in a wall opposite. Over this, bear left, descending a short distance to a signed and gated gap-stile on the right, and after this strike across the next field to a very narrow squeeze stile. Cross the next pasture, following a broad, grassy path to the far side of the field, where it bears left beside a wall. Pass a wall gap and locate another squeeze stile a few strides further on. Go through this and head for another a short distance away, there entering Lea Green, site of ancient settlements and some lovely expanses of limestone pavement.
A footbridge spans inflowing Barden Beck, beyond which the path continues upriver. On reaching the next bridge – actually an aqueduct carrying Nidderdale water to Bradford taps – go left, up steps to cross to the opposite bank. There turn left to a kissing gate returning you to the true left bank of the river for an easy stroll to Barden Bridge, en route passing Barden Tower partially concealed in woodland on the opposite bank. At Barden Bridge you emerge onto the road at a gate. BARDEN TOWER A short deviation from the way is needed to visit Barden Tower.
Take great care against approaching traffic, and as soon as you can, move to the right-hand side where there is a narrow footpath. Keep along the B-road to a point about 100m before the roundabout junction with the A59, and there leave the road by turning right through a gate and crossing a footbridge to follow a path through a small area of scrubland, after which you pass beneath the A59 roadbridge. Keep on across a small paddock to pass along the gable of Ferry House, going up steps to meet the former A59 near the original Bolton Bridge.