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

An Uphill Thing


‘There is something stuck in the lane again’ said Mr Uhdd, ‘I can hear them’

The familiar sound of spinning wheels and raised voices could be heard from the lane. Our immediate thought was that it would be someone in a 4×4 trying to prove their manhood or ‘having a laugh’ (which is fine by us so long as they don’t take out our drystone walls.) But we were wrong, it was the men from the county highways department, with the scarcest of commodities, salt and grit. But we were right about them being stuck (well just a little.)


Now from this position there was no  safe way back, only up, the photo doesn’t do justice to the steepness of this little stretch of lane, but many have been stuck here before. But with a bit of shovelling (Mr Uhdd went to assist) and  with ‘sprinkling’ * of salt-grit, they got to the top of the hill and replenished the grit bin.

Hooray and thank you, Derbyshire County Council Highways Dept.

* the guys were a bit concerned there might not be any salt-grit left in the truck by the time they got to the top of the hill!


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.

6 thoughts on “An Uphill Thing

  1. Yay for the big orange trucks! What would we do without them? And I think that photo does a bang-up job of showing exactly how challenging it is to keep your lane passable.

  2. Ironic this
    I headed to Ruthin in North Wales this morning at the silly hour of 4.30am to inspect a job.
    The Motorway signs on the M6 were still directing the trucks off at Junction 17 for British Salt.
    At the top of the slipway the police were escorting at least 20 articulated lorries to the mine.
    The council personel certainly have had a battle on the A515 road. Thats been a tricky one

  3. Oh and Cheshire as you will know is famous for its salt

    A fact that you will be interested in Uphill


    The towns take there name from salt

    Wych meaning Brine Town

  4. Since I live up a lane, I know all about getting stuck. Fortunately, we’ve not had the blowing snow that swallows up the plows welcome paths. But the winter is young! Farmergal

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