Monday, 8 August 2011
A Day Out.
Yesterday the farmer and I had a day out - going over into Lancashire. I took a few photographs on the way but the weather was very changeable. One minute there would be bright sunshine and the next it would be cascading with rain which made driving quite difficult.
We went through Wharfedale which is the most Southerly of the Yorkshire Dales. Leaving Wensleydale we turned off into Bishopdale and climbed high up to Kisdon, the highest point from where we could see over the whole dale and beyond. From there it is all downhill to Skipton (the gateway to the Dales).
Turning right just this side of Skipton we then journeyed through the Trough of Bowland, beautiful agricultural countryside, towards Preston, our destination. We passed Pendle Hill where in 1652 George Fox had a vision on the summit which led him to preach and form the Society of Friends. On the more macabre side, in 1612 nineteen witches were tried at Lancaster Castle, all from the area of Pendle. Ten of them were hanged. When we went to Preston the hill was covered in low cloud and looked very ominous but on our return journey it was bathed in sunlight which made it much more pleasing, so you could say we saw it in both its moods.
On the way back we stopped for a walk at Buckden in Wharfedale so that Tess could have a drink in the river and we noticed these Swaledale rams all in one field, all being cosseted and well fed so that they would be completely ready for their 'ramifications' (for want of a better word!) in a couple of months time.
It was lovely coming home after a nice day out; back to the area of little traffic, open spaces and hills.