Happy New Year from the Eden Valley

by David Murray on 2 January 2012

in Cumbria, Eden Valley, Lake District General, Northern England, Uncategorized, Wharfedale

I had not expected to be sitting at my keyboard this afternoon. The sun was shining, there was blue in the sky, and it would have been an excellent opportunity to drive to one or two of the places here in the Eden Valley where I’ve been wanting to take photographs but have been waiting for the weather.

So why am I here? Well, I got to the car, put the key in the ignition, turned it, and ….. Nothing! So here I am, temporarily stranded at home, and instead I’ll just have to write to all you good people who read the Around-England blog.

Tomorrow I’m planning to publish a post outlining some of the good things planned for the Around-England sites during 2012. Today, though, I thought I’d look back over 2011 to some of my favourite posts of the year.

  • Wordsworth and the Lake District Rivers was a January post, anticipating several further items referring to Wordsworth and his Cockermouth birthplace which followed as the year progressed.
  • In February I stopped one morning at Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, and a further visit to the town later in the year produced photographs including Ruskin’s View.
  • During the Spring there was an “Around-England hiatus”. We moved from the East Midlands to the Eden Valley in Cumbria and couldn’t get a broadband connection for several weeks (moan, moan, yes I’m still moaning at the almost ‘criminal’ neglect of non-urban areas by the broadband service suppliers). By June, though, I was able to upload photos of the Appleby Gypsy Horse Fair week.
  • Being now based in Cumbria gave many opportunities to re-explore parts of the Lake District, and here is another of my favourite views – Bassenthwaite Lake from the Whinlatter road.
  • In August the Yorkshire Dales drew me back, with a post about Bolton Abbey, a beautiful spot by the River Wharfe. (I posted another photo of Bolton Abbey in November).

Much more followed, but that’s probably enough for now. England as a whole is a beautiful country, and I’ll be trying increasingly on this site to spread out beyond the North – but there’s so much to cover in the Northern counties alone with their four National Parks and other Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Mountains, rivers, lakes, coastline, history; the North has all of this and more. During this new year I’m hoping to be able to add more on the North Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales, but for now, here’s a photograph from the Eden Valley in the Autumn.

River Eden  at Appleby - An Autumn View - Eden Valley Cumbria

River Eden at Appleby - An Autumn View Looking Dowstream from The Sands

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