Kettlewell was a bustling metropolis compared with Coverdale on the morning last week when I drove over Park Rash. In the Wharfedale village I left behind walkers and tourists preparing for a day of activity and drifted into the peaceful delights of the neighbouring dale. Great and Little Whernside wore misty caps as I stopped at the head of the dale to listen out for this area’s familiar bird sounds. But perhaps the curlews had already taken flight to the coast and there was neither sight nor sound of the peewit. Dalesfolk were going about their business in the pretty villages of Bradeley, Gammersgill and Carlton as I meandered towards Coverham and Middleham where racehorses were being taken for their morning constitutional. For the walker, lucky enough to choose a clear day, the best view of Coverdale is from the top of Great Whernside but taking a steady drive down the dale on a summer’s day also takes some beating. PS: I DID do some work on my travels!
Photo: looking from Gammersgill towards Little Whernside.