Tag Archive: Yorkshire


Gunnerside Gleanings

After a recent visit with friends to this lovely spot in Swaledale, North Yorkshire

I penned the words below, and included some visual images

Simply click on a thumbnail to enlarge

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Stretching out beyond me

amid panoramic views of

wooded valleys and grassy hills,

a narrow, labyrinthine trail

twisting, turning o’er

uneven terrain, littered with …

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… displaced rocks from

precipitous cliffs above

… gnarled tree roots

standing proudly prominent

 … low-hanging branches

wildly over-arching

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All dampened by drizzly droplets

demanding utmost respect

ready to stumble or ensnare

the careless or the unaware.

A mirror and chronicle

of my enigmatic soul

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Refreshing Break

In August some dear friends invited us to share a few days with them in a holiday cottage they had rented in the Yorkshire Dales – a part of the UK famous for it’s natural beauty, boasting such breath-taking scenery. As I love taking photos I thought it appropriate to share some of the experience on Ready Writer.

INGLETON WATERFALLS TRAIL

A ‘magical’ 4.5 miles of waterfalls as shown below. (Click on an image to enlarge)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Imagine the thunderous roar created by these Falls – an incredible sound.

COVERDALE WALK

The cottage is located in the picturesque village of Carlton-in-Coverdale – with many stunning views and plenty of trails for the walker. Here are just some of the vistas on offer:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Delectable are they not … ?

CASTLE BOLTON

Within 8 miles of the cottage is this remarkable monument dating back to the 14th Century – it allows one to step into history, inter-acting with images, relics and stories of a bygone age:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        In addition to the wonderful variety of rooms: great chamber, dining hall, bed chambers, kitchen, brewery, armoury (and not forgetting the dungeon) one can also view some of the rather unusal residents of the castle & its grounds:

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Thought I’d throw the wild boar in, for good measure, which I discover is a “Crepuscular” animal – one that is active primarily during dawn and dusk – well I do enjoy learning new words !  A group of wild boar is called a “sounder” – something else I didn’t know before this visit.

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And finally … 

I’m sure you wouldn’t fancy meeting this fearsome character in some dark alley  !!

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IT’S GOOD TO TAKE A BREAK  !