See life and death beside the river

ribbleI usually head north for my regular ramble by the Ribble (click link for 11 new Dales photos) but in a week when I’ve been pushed for time I headed for a short walk in the opposite direction. The sun sparkled across the river as I walked beside it from the waterfall at Kings Mill in Settle to the bypass. The Ribble is wide and shallow here but the ‘high tide’ marks are clearly visible well into the fields showing just how swollen the river can get at times.

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Gnome sweet gnome… this little chap looked a bit lonely by the Ribble.
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The top sign had me confused for a minute or two. It’s the logo for St Cuthbert’s Way, part of which I’ve walked up in Northumberland. I can confirm it doesn’t stretch as far as Settle. Clearly someone is messing with my head here.

I left the Ribble Way, saving the walk to Rathmell for another day, and turned up by the former Runley Watermill, continuing on up Lodge Road. Then it was back along Brockhole Lane to Settle. ‘Brock’ is the old name for a badger which is a bit of a coincidence as I’d just seen a dead badger near the Ribble. It had a dead bird on its back. How they met their fates I don’t know. It’s not pleasant coming across death on your walk – I apologise if the photo upsets some people. I’m not being sensationalist – similar scenes appear all over the countryside and you have to get used to them, even on public footpaths.

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Death can also be art – this old tree is fascinating to look at and is home to many lifeforms.

There have been some great variations in light this week. The top photo in this post was taken yesterday evening from Winskill, looking towards Ingleborough across Ribblesdale. It’s a bit grainy and the light is fading but I liked the shades of colour as late sunlight was filtered through thin mist. Penyghent also caught my eye again on another clear evening…

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With all this talk of death I thought I should be a little more cheerful and include a couple of new-life shots… all together now, aawww…

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3 thoughts on “See life and death beside the river”

  1. Lovely photographs of a beautiful area. A walk that we enjoy most weekends. We saw the dead badger and bird too. Sadly they were there for a good few weeks before they were removed.

    1. Ps
      We’ve done this walk again today and Norman the gnome is no longer lonely…….he’s been joined by several other gnomes!

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