Ribble Valley

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Living on the fantastic fabulously flat Fylde coast, there’s never a hill when you want one.  To the east Beacon Fell, Parlick, Wolf Fell, Longridge Fell, Pendle Hill form a majestic backdrop.  Further north the peaks of the Lake District beckon.  Across the Ribble Estuary the Formby Hills and mountains of Snowdonia beckon.  All of these ascents – from a few hundred feet to three thousand plus, tantalise the urge for an uphill hike.

Clitheroe – a fine market town with lots of eateries, cafes, bars, restaurants, independent shops and the perfect base for exploring the Ribble Valley – with uphill opportunities.

Day 1 – Ribble Valley Way – keeping it nice and flat.  A serene walk from Edisford Bridge to Chatburn.  Wildflowers and birdlife in abundance.

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Spotted Flycatcher

Day 2 – Stocks Reservoir – a few gentle uphills to prepare the legs for the next day’s big(ish) one.  A delightful 8 mile circular walk with cuckoos calling all the way.

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Stocks Reservoir with Pendle Hill beyond

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Geese over Stocks Reservoir

Day 3 – Pendle Hill (just 160 feet short of being called a mountain) – for a full-on uphill hike.  Invigorating, fantastic views, and so glad to still be able to climb a hill!

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Pendle Hill ascent

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Cotton grass; Pendle Hill spot height

A bit of Lancashire humour ….

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Trespassers beware!

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Walkers beware!

And a bit of gruesomeness …

Looking out for frogs and toads – but only ever saw dehydrated bodies.  Weird.

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A bit of the macabre

 

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Yorkshire Felties

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Three little woollen images
hanging on the holiday cottage walls
created an urge to hunt down the artist

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Two sheep

A drive to Hawes
and a mooch round the shops
didn’t throw any light on
the mystery artist

Next destination, Leyburn

Calling in at
AC Gallery
Lynn Ward’s Studio
Wensleydale Long Wool Shop
all three friendly ladies
came up with the same answer
“That sounds like Andrea’s work.”

Back to Hawes and on to
Andrea Hunter’s Studio/Gallery
in Hardraw
“Focus on Felt”

Andrea specialises in original felt artwork
It’s delightful

Two purchases were made

The next day
after a fabulous walk
along the Pennine Way from Hardraw
couldn’t resist stopping by
for another two “felties”

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Sheep

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Curlew

Felt cow'uss

Cow’uss

Back home and framed
they are a reminder of  a week
spent in Wensleydale
surrounded by
sheep
bubbling cry of curlews
cow’usses

 

Wonder if Mrs Johnson and Charlene
would consider running a felting workshop
at Mrs Johnson’s Emporium?

 

 

Wonderful Walking in Wensleydale

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Fantastic vistas
(along Pennine Way from Hardraw)

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West – towards Howgill Fells

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Miles of walls

Abundant wildlife

Welcoming pubs

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Welcoming pubs

Tasty local produce

Local produce

Yorkshire produce

The wonderful Yorkshire Dales
a magical, fabulous place to explore

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Pennine Way from Hardraw

 

 

 

 

 

Macabre bunting …

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… decorating a wire fence

(Look away if squeamish)

A grisly snapshot subject
on an otherwise beautiful walk
in the Yorkshire Dales

HOLY MOLEY!

Back in the day, gamekeepers displayed their catch not just to prove how good they were at their job but also for the landowner to count up and pay up.

Moles are considered vermin.

A profitable occupation in the 1800s, the Molecatcher would be paid not only per mole, but also per pelt – a fashionable item back then.

Not sure displaying these little furry bodies is necessary today?

Some traditions never die …

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Holy Moley

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Holy Moley

 

 

 

Fairhaven Lake – Sea defence development

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It’s all a bit messy at the moment
The promenade from the end of
Granny’s Bay to Church Scar
is closed for the ongoing
sea defence project

Modern diggers
emulating prehistoric creatures
probing into the earth

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Goings on along the coast

The construction company
has deposited boulders on the shore
to provide a refuge for nesting birds

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Swan investigates

Upsidedown daffodils
at Fairhaven Lake

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Upsidedown daffodils – reflecting

It’ll all be worth it in the end …
in two years’ time …