It’s been a busy week with a trip to Ryedale Show, a visit to the impressive Eden Camp museum and joining in Yorkshire Day celebrations. It was good to meet many readers at Ryedale on a glorious day and excellent to see a full complement of animals on show too. I could never describe myself as a military man but Eden Camp at Malton held my attention because of the incredible social history story it so vividly portrays. It was great to see so many Yorkshire flags flying on Friday – and good too to learn that the White Rose emblem on a light blue background has been officially recognised as a proper flag and therefore permission to fly is not now required.

Dalesman’s 2009 Yorkshire calendar is now available and on flicking through it and finding a beautiful photo of Winskill Stones I was tempted to pay another visit to the spot on Sunday. My photo is nowhere near as good as the one featured in the calendar but it certainly is a very photogenic place. Winskill Stones is a 74-acre nature reserve of grassland and limestone pavement where some of our rarest moorland plants and wildlife survive. It was purchased by Plantlife International, a wild plant conservation charity, after the area became threatened – mainly because of the demand for natural limestone for garden rockeries. To get to Winskill Stones drive or walk up the road (signposted Malham) out of Langcliffe in Ribblesdale – there’s a small parking area on your right as the road levels out (after the second cattle grid). I’ve often wondered why signs on this road state 1 in 5 on the way up and the more modern 20 per cent on the way down… maybe it’s a warning that you are now entering a time warp?

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