Yorkshire

Artist of the Lakes and Dales – and Pendle

September 9, 2011

Yesterday I was in Lancashire attending the funeral of an old friend, and driving from the church to the cemetery passed the studio of landscape artist Keith Melling. I’ve admired his work for many years. For decades he has painted the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and his home turf, that beautiful area around Pendle […]

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The Dales in the Damp

September 3, 2011

This morning, looking in any direction from my home in the Eden Valley it seemed clear (although actually it’s ‘misty’ and unclear in a literal sense) that whether to the north (The North Pennines), to the west (The Lake District) or to the south-east (The Yorkshire Dales) it was quite probable that people were going […]

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Bolton Abbey, Jewel of the Yorkshire Dales

August 24, 2011

Growing up in the Lancashire-Yorkshire borderlands I quite often found myself crossing the Pennine watershed from the red rose into the white rose county. One of our frequent outings was to Bolton Abbey. As a child, following in the footsteps of former generations, I did exactly what the children are doing in the photograph above […]

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Who said Yorkshire was all smoke?

July 27, 2011

One of the great mistakes made by people who know of the northern counties of England as the cradle of the industrial revolution, but have never visited, is to assume that they are “wall-to-wall” blackened dereliction. Not one bit of it! I must protest, and often do, at such caricatures. Not only do we have […]

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Flamborough Head, Yorkshire

July 2, 2011

A week ago I wrote about an unusual lighthouse at Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset.  Moving from the southwest to the northeast today I’m posting a photo I took last year of Flamborough Head Lighthouse, between Bridlington and Filey on the Yorkshire coast. Actually, if you loook carefully you’ll see that it’s a photo of more than […]

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The National Coal Mining Museum

February 22, 2011

Driving down the M1 south of Leeds I’ve often noticed the signs for the National Coal Mining Museum but until today had never taken the time to investigate. My wife and I were driving home from North Yorkshire and had nothing else planned so thought we’d take a look.  We were not disappointed. The main […]

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Two Million Snowdrops at Ripley

February 14, 2011

Just a quick Yorkshire item today. I have happy memories of Ripley Castle, including taking my young granddaughter to the Ripley Show several years ago.  Well this year’s show isn’t until August but there’s plenty to do and see in the interim.  At present I’m told that there are something like two million snowdrops in […]

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Where is England’s Longest Single-Drop Waterfall?

February 13, 2011

It was described by the poet William Wordsworth in a 1799 letter to his friend Coleridge.  He writes of a bitterly cold December day. “After cautiously sounding our way over stones of all colours and sizes, encased in the clearest water formed by the spray of the fall we found the rock, which had before […]

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The Yorkshire Coast at Bridlington

February 5, 2011

I haven’t written here for a few days but while sorting through some photos I came across this one that I took while on a few days’ break in Bridlington last April. All too often the northern counties of England are portrayed as full of smoke-blackened mills and abandoned coal mines, but this is far […]

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Roads and Trackways of The Yorkshire Dales

January 12, 2011

Last night, while scanning my shelves, I came across a book that I must have bought around twenty years ago, Roads and Trackways of The Yorkshire Dales, by Geoffrey N. Wright. I couldn’t recall reading it before so spent an hour or so, with everything except eyes under the duvet, reading the first few chapters. […]

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