Early Sunday morning I was determined to make use of some rapidly changing light by heading out in the car, camera at the ready. From old Malham road above Langcliffe Ribblesdale looked stunning in its spring clothing. From Winskill the unmistakable shapes Penyghent and Ingleborough were both in shade yet the valley was lit up by strong sunlight. I turned off the Malham road and headed towards the Stainforth-Halton Gill road which cuts between Fountains Fell and Penyghent. Silverdale was magnificent and the changing light looking down Littondale offered a fascinating animated picture show which captured my attention for ages. Down in Halton Gill the first walkers were booting up and hardy cyclists were, for reasons known only to them, straining and weaving their way up the one-in-four hill. It had been quite a few years since I’d been up to that lonely outpost of Foxup so I took the dead-end road for a peek: such a characterful place still with its unique architecture and cute arched bridges amid a moody environment. I made a mental note to revisit and next time walk the couple of miles up to Cosh, retreading paths I’d not ventured upon for some 25 years. I was back home by 10am, and contemplating how lucky I am to live so close to such a magical area. Meanwhile, the good folk of Leeds and Bradford and beyond were just beginning to edge their way up the A65 in search of similar rewards.

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  1. Chris

    The local news (on wednesday evening) reported visitor numbers to the Dales have dropped because of high fuel prices. Sales from local shops, cafes, galleries and pubs are substantially down. The Dales could see a similar slump to that experienced during the BSE epidemic. It won’t affect the farmers quite as much, but many businesses could really suffer.

    If you can afford the fuel, there probably has not been a better time to explore the Dales.

  2. Paul Booth

    If ever a photograph encouraged me to put on my walking boots and head up to Malham it is the latest one from the editor of the Dalesman. That lush early summer greenery is highly seductive. The dog days of late summer tend to be less enticing, but there is never a bad time to be in the Dales. Especially when a lengthy hike is rewarded with a pint of Timothy Taylors. Yorkshire nectar or as Madonna once referred to it on the Jonathan Ross show, ‘the champagne of beers’. Wonder where she got that enchanting idea from.

  3. Catherine

    If ever a photo made me just have a massive dose of homesickness. It’s this one.

    It’s sublime. Magical area indeed.


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