I call this photo The Cotton Wool Tree… the cloud was just in the right place as I arrived in the remote hamlet of Halton Gill in Littondale on Friday last week. I’d travelled up Wharfedale through Burnsall and Kilnsey where the snowdrops were enjoying some rare sunshine (below). Halton Gill sits beneath Horse Head Moor which separates Langstrothdale from Littondale. A couple of centuries ago Halton Gill wasn’t so isolated – it was a vital stop-over point on an old packhorse route between Wensleydale and Ribblesdale. The old route used Horse Head Moor Pass which remains a stiff challenge even for today’s hikers – look out for our walk up and down, then up and down again, this forbidding moor in May’s edition of Dalesman.

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