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Had a call from a magazine contributor this week who was complaining bitterly about ‘the heatwave’. He lives in the South East and called me on the same day as I took the above photo, which if you peer into the gloom shows Ingleborough seen from near Victoria Cave above Langcliffe. I sent him the photo because he didn’t believe my verbal description. But even this threatening sky didn’t provide much-needed water for the Dales… as you can see by the photo below, taken 24 hours after the one above, the River Skirfare, which runs through Littondale, has disappeared from sight. It’s not unusual for the Skirfare to vanish underground during summer but with no significant rainfall for several months now the overall situation regarding the county’s water supply is worse than for many a year.

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