Nidderdale never ceases to amaze me and there’s much of this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty I’ve yet to discover. Last week I drove to Dallowgill for a feature that will appear in December’s Dalesman. Driving up the minor road out of Pateley Bridge towards Laverton, the expansive moorland opens out in front of you and the skies are big. A winding narrow lane takes you into the hidden valley of Dallowgill and its scattered farming community. Dotted around the area are 22 mosaic panels depicting local scenes and wildlife. They were created and positioned in 1997 by local artists calling themselves the Crackpots. The one pictured here is at Tom’s Corner from where a track heads off over the moor down to Bouthwaite. A few months back Dalesman carried a piece about one driver who regretted thinking this was a useable thoroughfare. I’ll be back here soon to discover the region on foot.

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