Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England



A quick fire post that is a diversion from what I should be doing.

The village of Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire; chocolate box pretty and at 5:40 on a Monday afternoon much quieter than you’d find it at weekends and bank holidays, when if would have a fair few more tourists milling around.

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Ashford in the Water

I wondered if the lone swan had a mate (they pair for life) maybe its mate was sat on a clutch of eggs, it seemed to have a bit of a problem with one of its leg, or perhaps  swans always paddle with one leg.  Either way it was a very serene  sight cruising the river Wye in the late afternoon sun

Swan on one leg

The houses are built from the local limestone.

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No village scene would be complete without a parish church

Parish Church

Is that the time I must be going.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

14 thoughts on “Diversion

  1. It’s a lovely village isn’t it and surrounded by wonderful scenery too. I know the cottage and it’s one of my favourite places in Ashford.

  2. What a lovely village – I am so impressed whenever I see photos of the lovely old villages over there – we are so new here – not much to show – especially in our town. For some reason the population here has decided that old is not good – and most of the houses from the late 1800s have been torn down and new ones put up in their place. Even the old farm houses are mostly gone in the area surrounding our town – so sad!!! South of here there is more interest in preserving the older houses. Thanks again for the nice walk.

  3. We used to “treat ourselves” to dinner at the Monsal Head every now and then. Especially in venison season.

  4. I love the way the late afternoon sun kisses the limestone. It all looks so perfectly English–like the illustrations from storybooks.

  5. What wonderful images, UHDD. The lighting is perfect. Really must visit someday.

  6. Ive cycled past it dozens of times and its a very nice place.
    Much quieter than Bakewell which can be tourist hell in summer.
    Good pictures

  7. hi ms uhdd, we visited ashford over easter and yes, its a very pretty place – love your pics. sara. xx

  8. Rural England looking its very prettiest! xx

    • Rural England with her new seasons party clothes. Which probably means that I”ll go out and take an image of a decomposing fox or a new build office block for my next post….. watch this space

      • Ah, trust you to bring us back to earth with a thump. Enough of this swanning on about springtime and cozy cottages. Bring on the dead fox.

      • I’ve got something far prettier in mind!
        Mr Uhdd has a red letter day tomorrow and a neighbour just called in with a bottle of ‘fizzy pop’ and a greeting card. The photo on the card is of the bridge at Ashford in the Water, now there is a coincidence!

  9. ~ just lovely photos of such a picturesque place. I found it interesting that it’s called Ashford IN the Water … rather than on the water… I’ve never been there, but now I’d like to visit 🙂

  10. It’s funny, I was looking at Ashford in the Water on Google earth a couple of days ago. I used to drive through there often, up to Buxton and on to Macclesfield….

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