Thursday 28 June 2018

Yorkshire with Mum 2018 ::Part 1

Hello Lovelies,
today I'm feeling rather sorry for myself as I have a head cold and I'm aching all over. Bother, I haven't had a cold for ages and I'd forgotten how miserable it makes me.
 I've had to miss my walking group outing  too. Double bother.

Still, it's given me chance to sit quietly and look back on my photos from this time last week, when Mum and I enjoyed our annual mini break in Yorkshire.

I'm not too keen on long distance driving so I worked out a route that included a break as soon as we arrived in West Yorkshire. We took the steep road through the northern part of the Peak District, and turned right to climb up to impressive views from Holme Moss.

This high spot has a radio mast.

and a handy parking place.

I loved this rusty steel frame.

Which helped you to focus on this far reaching views towards Holmfirth and beyond.

I had found a route online that looked promising for an afternoon's walk...THIS ONE

So I left mum to sketch in the village of Holme and set out along the easy to follow track. It wasn't long before I was enjoying fine views of this area which has become famous as "last of the summer wine country" 

I was feeling quiet hungry when I got to this sheltered bench.

Time for a lunch break with a view :0)

I ate half of my picnic, then decided it was time to press on.

It was quiet along the track, though I did see a few other walkers. It's always nice to see lone females like myself.

As I climbed higher the call of Lapwings caught my attention.

and the landscape became wilder, the reeds here showing how boggy it can be.

I'm not the best navigator but I did find it easy to follow the one and only path across this part of the moor as I approached Hey Clough.

Here it is 

I've just looked up the word " Clough"'s northern English for "Steep Valley or Ravine" . This one had a little waterfall too.

Swathes of Bog Cotton  dancing in the wind made me smile.

The moorland around here was so similar to the landscape I grew up in ( a few miles further north in Haworth). I was thrilled to wander these paths on such a lovely day.

Time for a rare selfie. More wrinkles than the last one I'm sure, but that's life.

Oooh look another Clough. How delightful this sheltered valley was.

There was even a sun-warmed wall to sit on and finish my picnic.

Whilst I gazed upon this lovely view.

I didn't see another soul here, but the Curlew called from a wall high above me

Time to cross the rickety bridge.

Notice the ferns and flowering heather.

Then climb steeply up the valley side.

Next it was a gentle stroll down this track.

Spotting Skylarks.

and abandoned barns.

To Bilberry reservoir.

it was lush down by the water.

and there were already a few Bilberries to be found.

Then my route looped away from the water.

and across the fields along the Kirklees Way...notice the blue K  :0)

I just loved this view with the fluffy clouds and the peaceful cattle.

And the impressive Emley Moor transmitting station on the horizon.

 After 5 miles I was nearing the end of this delightful ramble.

Pretty stone cottages in Holme.

Then it was onto our hotel, and my second favourite part of our mini I haven't had to cook. What a treat :0)

I do hope you enjoyed this walk Lovelies.
Pop back in a bit for part two of our Walking/Painting break
Jacquie x

Tuesday 19 June 2018

A Walk in Pictures

Hello Lovelies,
sometimes my walking group goes to the Peak district. These are my most favourite and bestest group walks :0)

Why don't you come with me on this 10 mile walk from Ilam Park. Click on the first picture to enlarge it, then scroll through. I hope you enjoy the stunning limestone scenery and regular views of that distinctively shaped hill with a cool name...Thorpe Cloud.

It was perfect walking weather with a cool breeze and lots of sunny intervals. Still, when we had completed our circuit I was very glad of a cooling tub of ice cream and the blissful feeling taking my hot, tired feet out of my walking boots.
I'm sure this was the longest walk I have done so far this year and there were three BIG hills to climb. But I love the challenge and those views.

What a happy Day

Jacquie x