It’s a Dales life

North Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales — Three Peaks country of Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough — where the River Ribble rushes by limestone scars and over thrilling waterfalls. That’s my homeland and the source of my regular blog posts. Thanks for dropping by. I’m Paul Jackson. I spent almost twenty years in local newspapers before joining Country Publications where I stayed for another 19+ years up to retiring in 2012. During my time with the company I was production editor and later editorial director, editing the famous Yorkshire Dalesman magapjsmallb&wzine as well as the celebrated national magazine The Countryman. Nowadays I spend my time doing a little freelance work, strolling around the dales or watching Huddersfield Town FC. My main hobby is photography — but I’m very much an enthusiastic amateur. You can view some of my pictures in the scenic or life galleries or in my post archive.

Borderland between Yorkshire and whatever's on t'other side. Stocks reservoir, Gisburn Forest at sunset. See my latest post.
Borderland between Yorkshire and whatever’s on t’other side. Stocks reservoir, Gisburn Forest at sunset. See my latest post.

* NEW * Family history

This recently added page contains a list of surnames included in my own family tree which may be of interest to other genealogists.

Yorkshire surnames

Other hobbies include tracing my family history; an off-shoot of this is writing a column for Down Your Way magazine about Yorkshire Surnames – see if your name has been included here (or click on the Surnames link at the top of the page). I add a new name every month. The most recent addition is Scaife. If you are interested in genealogy then keep heading back here as I will shortly be adding a list of mainly Yorkshire families connected to my own research… and there are hundreds!

Dales Twitter

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Editorial help

I offer a range of editorial services… perhaps I can help you? Click for details.

Book reviews — Dales and beyond

Click on the reviews section at the top of the page or here to read about the latest books I’ve read or worked on.

My books

I’ve also written a few mini-books – click here or on the link at the top of the page.

If you enjoy my posts, which I try to publish weekly, let me know by using the reply section below. If you don’t like them, then keep it to yourself as I’m a very sensitive chap.

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