Gold medal days in the dales

Dales IMG_4576Although it’s been a mixed weather week in the Yorkshire dales my photo diary shows several golden moments. I walk with Romans, drive the border and a cow takes the wee-wee.

I did it byway

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Top photo shows the Roman road stretching down Wensleydale.

I popped over into one of Ribblesdale’s next-dale-neighbours to follow in the footsteps of the Romans on Monday. The ancient route to Bainbridge, which I picked up at the top of Sleddale, offers some fine views up and down Wensleydale and Raydale. Although it wasn’t the crispest of days for long-distant shots, Semerwater, Pen Hill and Addleborough helped paint a good picture. It didn’t seem worth ploughing a way through the peat bog to the top of Wether Fell as the view across Wensleydale can be enjoyed just the same along the path which circles around the hill like a necklace.

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Looking down Raydale towards Semerwater.
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Someone having an even better view of the Dales than me.
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Above, the flat top of Yorburgh with Wensleydale beyond.
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If my bearings are correct that’s Sedbusk seen from Wether Fell

Golden days and nights in the Dales

A late stroll from Langcliffe to watch the sunset was well worthwhile. Here several shots in no particular order:

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Last light, nearing home
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Ingleborough in the distance (note the ‘sun dog’ – part of the Sun’s halo).
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Looking across to Penyghent on my outward journey.
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In low-level light looking down on the Ribble
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Evening shot of Ingleborough and Smearsett Scar from the Malham road out of Langcliffe,

Along the border

For a change of view of the sunset, the following evening I took a trip along the Yorkshire-Lancashire border …

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Stocks Reservoir looked serene just as the Sun was disappearing over the horizon.

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Is this cow taking the p*** out of my attempts to capture a rural sunset?
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On my journey back home the full Moon glowed brightly over Settle. I was on the lookout for werewolves.
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The grouse moors on the borderlands took on pretty patterns in the low light.
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On the way up the bleak moorland road from Bentham to Slaidburn the purple heather was soaking up the last rays of sunshine.
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Sheep settling down for the night near Gisburn Forest.
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Do not adjust your sets … I tried to get as much fading light as possible in the shot. The colours turned out weird but Ingleborough still looked majestic.
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From this angle, near the source of the River Hodder – part of which forms the traditional Yorkshire border – Gisburn Forest looks incredibly dense.

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