Thursday, 30 September 2010
A Day Out.
Today I motored through Wensleydale to Sedbergh in Cumbria to meet my god-daughter for lunch. It is a journey of about thirty miles, straight through the Dale and it takes about an hour. Luckily I set off early, thinking to take one photograph of each village I drove through so that you could all see some of our lovely Dales villages.
When I got just over half of the way there the road was closed and all traffic was diverted round by an extra ten miles or so, which was very frustrating. I only just reached our meeting place in time.
After a nice sandwich lunch (bacon and brie sandwiches since you asked) I set off back, still using the diversion and grumbling to myself about the long way round. All was forgiven though as once out in the open country - joy of joys - a young fox crossed the road just in front of my car and jumped the wall into the field. What a beauty he was - a deep, deep red and without a single blemish. The farmer, on hearing this said he would be a young one who had not yet developed the skills of stealth where humans were concerned - also his deep red colouring means he was young too. It made the whole diversion bearable.
The diversion was across a high moor, a road I know well. The weather was lovely and the sky was fantastic. I took some long range views for you to see - it is all a bit distant but it is the best I could do.
Down in the dip once back on the correct road, there is a farm where they have traditional Dales ponies. One of the mares has had the sweetest little foal - I stopped and took a photograph - again it is distant but that was as near as I could get.
So enjoy the photographs of our lovely Dales villages - and the distant fells. Storms are forecast for tomorrow, which made today all the more enjoyable.
Photos. Left/Right - from the top.
Dales pony mare with her foal.
Wensley village - it was this village which gave the dale its name - but it was largely destroyed by plague in the sixteenth century.
View up the Mallerstang - note the Carlisle to Settle railway in foreground.
Redmire with its magnificent tree on the green.
Castle Bolton with its medieval castle (Mary Queen of Scots imprisoned here).