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

Up and Down


Sun up, the promise of sun through the clearing clouds this morning.

clearing cloud-2

Sun down, the setting sun this evening.


The dip in  the skyline is a clough, (I’m rather proud that the only definition of a clough I could find, was in connection with a real ale we northerners weave our words into our landscape and our ale) a  clough is steep sided ravine, an old track passes through this one, part of the network of paths, tracks and packhorse routes for carrying salt out of Cheshire, into Derbyshire and beyond.


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.

8 thoughts on “Up and Down

  1. And, how does one pronounce clough. Does it rhyme with cough? Or through? Or rough? How about though? Or bough? Whichever way you say it, it’s a saddle here in San Diego. Or a pass. It could even be a dip. Or….. never mind.

    That’s a lovely sunset on your side of the pond.

  2. Nice work! Especially the way the sun lights the water in that first, moody photo. And then to think what economic change has done to the salt trade of all things. I never spent any time thinking about things like this until I started reading your history lessons.

  3. What beautiful photographs. I couldn’t tell you the last time I took a pic of the sunset ~ shame on me. Lovely post x

  4. Beautiful. Especialyl love teh change in colors as the sun rises and sets.

  5. clough
    ah its pronounced, cluff

    There are some amazing ones in and around Derbyshire and Ive run up and down a heck of a lot of them.
    Uphill the picture is fantastic.

    One of the things about the cloughs is that they have some lovely waterfalls and pools in them hich in summer can be , well just out of this world.

  6. Amazingly dramatic photos, Mrs Uhdd. But where are you living now, Derbyshire or Mars? It all looks out of this world.

  7. I have just found your beautiful blog. It brings back wonderful memories of living in Derbyshire. Fantastic photos I shall keep dipping in.

  8. Beautiful. And so peaceful looking.

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