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 main 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 magazine 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 older pictures in the scenic or life galleries or more recent efforts in my post archive. I have been adding a fresh blog about the Yorkshire Dales every week for four years but as from June 2018 I will be posting less regularly – more time in the fresh air, less time on the computer.
NEW: short slideshow on my day at Appleby Horse Fair 2018 https://youtu.be/VSu-Ypcw0zM
Here’s a slideshow showing where I live – it’s nine minutes long so get a cup of tea first … https://youtu.be/JeyQC9iSMoE
To those people who think it is fine and dandy to nick my photos from the site and use them for their own benefit please at least have the decency to credit me. Asking permission would be nice, too – pay me and I’ll befriend you for ever.
This page contains a list of surnames included in my own family tree which may be of interest to other genealogists.
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.
Yorkshire Dales Twitter
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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.
I’ve also written a few mini-books – click here or on the link at the top of the page.
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