Dipping a toe outside Yorkshire

img_5063I took a few tentative steps outside Yorkshire this week. I must add a rider here: many of those steps were within the new Yorkshire Dales National Park boundary. You know what? It’s pretty good – Westmorland and Cumberland have quite a bit going for them. Just south of Appleby is the impressive Rutter Force which just sneaks into the recently extended park. The mill there is now accommodation, reached by a ford which even on a fairly calm day like this I wouldn’t cross in my little car.

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Busy Appleby is just outside the Yorkshire park boundary but a fine place to visit – made even better by being reachable via the Settle-Carlisle Railway. Before this visit I hadn’t realised the extent Appleby had suffered from the last major flooding. Many riverside properties are still being renovated or drying out. Flood prevention schemes along the riverbank are being implemented.

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A definite autumnal look beside the Eden in Appleby

Yorkshire img_5055 They like to take care of their trees in Appleby – this one has a nice woolly coat to protect it from the strong north-easterlies.

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The red sandstone St Lawrence church in Appleby – parts of it date back to the 12th century.
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I was looking forward to some extensive views down the Eden Valley and Mallerstangdale but sadly the mist never really cleared. Cloud clung to the tops and from a distance looked like a layer of snow on the east. This scene was taken from Pendragon Castle.

Back in real Yorkshire

In amongst lengthy thunder and lightning storms this week there were a couple of decent sunsets. The shot below was taken at Winskill Stones above Langcliffe.

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2 thoughts on “Dipping a toe outside Yorkshire”

  1. Enjoyable prose and beautiful pictures as ever, Paul. What’s the view like from Cloud Nine by the way? I’m thinking football here!

  2. Thanks David. Sadly, due to a bug, more than half of my blog has disappeared into the great internet black hole! Hope to rectify later. Re football… Shush! You’re not supposed to take HTFC’s position at the top seriously. The longer other clubs and media ignore our team, just waiting for a collapse, the better. We were excellent in spells yesterday.

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