Appleby in Westmorland – An April Afternoon

by David Murray on 22 April 2013

in Appleby in Westmorland, Bridges, Cumbria, Eden Valley, Northern England

After spending Saturday morning listening to lectures on bridges at a Cumbria Industrial History Society conference I suppose it is appropriate to show a photo from Saturday afternoon of the Appleby “New” Bridge over the River Eden – that is, it was new in 1888.

Appleby Bridge - River Eden - Cumbria - Eden Valley - Westmorland

The next shot is taken from the bridge looking dowstream. Spring is late this year. We’re still waiting for leaves on the trees but at least the daffoldils are now out, albeit I would say not as brilliantly as some years.

River Eden Appleby Cumbria Eden Valley

Walking down the path by the river I’m hailed by a table full of young people in the cricket ground between the church and the river. “Like your camera; photographing the cricket?” I had been a few minutes earlier.

Appleby in Westmorland - Cumbria - April Cricket

“How about a photograph of us?” “Now if I took one what would I do with it?” “Put it on Facebook,” suggested one of them. Maybe they were surprised that an oldie like me could offer to put it on Twitter, MySpace and a few others as well. Yes, I was indulging in a bit of techno-bragging. Anyway, as I left they waved cheerfully (bottom left on the next photo) … So if you see it guys (yes, I told them the url) you’ll see I did keep my promise to put you on my site.

Walk along the Eden by Appleby Crcket Ground

So where to next? I decided to have another go at photographing the parish church, something I’ve done before but never been totally (or anywhere near) satisfied with my efforts. I’ll maybe publish the results sometime, but for now here’s a shot looking away from the church up Boroughgate toward the castle.

Boroughgate - Appleby in Westmorland - Cumbria

That’s it for today. After a nice warm Saturday in the Eden Valley we’ve returned to Monday chill. Ah well, no doubt Summer will come.

More on Appleby in Westmorland. (And here’s a link to the new Appleby Town web site)

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