Too cold to breathe in

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A brisk walk along the promenade to St Annes Pier really hurt my nose!  As I breathed in the cold air numbed my nasal passages.  Scarf to the rescue to warm the air!  Made me wonder about those Antarctic explorers.  The south-westerly was mean, but the sun popped out every now and then, creating drama in the sky.

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Drama over Southport

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Grand Union Canal – Leicester

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Grand Union Canal Leicester

Leicester is a vibrant, multi-cultural city with lots of interest for the casual visitor. Theatres; museums; shopping; dining; two universities; the mighty LCFC; Leicester Tigers; Richard III – unceremoniously buried in a car park; and much more.

On a recent visit to catch up with my sister, Jane, we didn’t pursue any cultural, shopping, or sporting pursuits. Instead we had a leisurely 6 mile stroll along the Grand Union Canal.

Peppered with relics of Leicester’s industrial past, modern-day graffiti, wildlife, rural life on the edge of urban outskirts, our walk offered a myriad snapshot opportunities.

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Graffiti – Grand Union Canal

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Grand Union Canal

 

We stumbled upon the Bakers Arms in Blaby and relaxed over a first class “posh” fish and chip lunch. Too stuffed to muster the return journey on foot we caught the bus, and stopped off for a quick peek at the King Power Stadium.

 

Leicester doesn’t quite fit into
the “mybpool” theme
But it’s worth going off piste
every now and then!

 

 

 

Time to settle up and head home

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Highlights of a week spent in Settle

  • Settle itself – a bustling little market town and inviting gateway into the Yorkshire Dales.  Wonderful walks from the market square.
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Settle Market Day

  • Dugdales Barn – idyllic holiday cottage and perfect base for exploring locally and further afield.
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Resident at Dugdales Barn

  • Ye Olde Naked Man Café and Bakery – for freshly baked bread and cakes.
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Ye Olde Naked Man Café and bakery

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Drake & Macefield Settle

  • The Black Horse at Giggleswick – a ten minute walk across the River Ribble, rushing on its way to Lytham, to a friendly, traditional pub serving freshly prepared home-cooked food. 

Will settle down in Settle again
So much more to explore another time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A day’s walk – change of plan

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Set off with the intention of exploring beyond Malham, but low cloud and little visibility necessitated a change of plan. Back in Settle a walk along the Ribble as it flows towards Lytham (near Blackpool) reaped rewards.

First a dipper.  I love watching these tough little tubbies as they dunk and dive, swim under gushing water and, if they’re lucky, pop up with a snack.

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Dipper

A break in the cloud threw a sliver of sunlight over Settle, albeit briefly.

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Towards Settle when the sun popped out

Life in the Dales: shifting sheep from one pasture to another; cattle enjoying the comfort of a barn; a nosey tup taking a break from the girls!

Ruined barns and dwellings make you wonder

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Who? What? When?

Back in Settle a local lurks – look out birdies!

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In hiding

Missed in the mist

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Low cloud shrouds the hilltops
and obscures views

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Attermire scar

Victoria Cave – missed it in the mist!

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Victoria Cave

(Didn’t miss a big fresh cowpat right in front of my eyes.  Weird that?)

Colourful lichen
brightens up grey stone walls
that go on for miles

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Lichen

How many people
and how long did it take to build
these mind-boggling,
beautiful structures?

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Dry stone walls

A solitary wren

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Wren

Sheep – plenty of them

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Smile for the camera

Local residents

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King of the catsle

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Little donkey

 

Downhill towards Settle

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Downhill to Settle

More Yorkshire quirkiness

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Old boots and primroses