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

Lathkill Dale


We left the hills and went down the dales today, we went to look at a  roof, I’ll explain later; but whilst we were out and about we had a look at Lathkill Dale.


It looked mighty fine in its new seasons attire.

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The sun on the water, all that sort of stuff.

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However we’d rather screwed up on how much time we had available, so we decided we’d go back another day to explore further. But not Maundy Thursday, do you think we are made of money?

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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.

12 thoughts on “Lathkill Dale

  1. The world is so full of quirky mysteries and astonishing explanations for them that I cannot imagine how anyone can ever be bored. Wait, wait – I just remembered the last Planning Commission meeting.

    Anyhow, I think the sun-spangled water was easily worth a penny all on its own, so when I’ve saved one up I’ll send it to you so that you can go back and send us more pictures!

    (The Cowboy wishes to know if the penny is likely to apply to spaniels as well? It’s worrying him for some reason.)

    • Gerry, we think the quirkiness of this sign is to do with one of this countries quirky little regulations (we British have a substantial heritage in such matters) if the footpath was open to the public everyday of the year it would be deemed to be a public right of way, by closing or charging for its use one day a year, it remains a concessionary path. Mr Uhdd and I would be happy to be corrected on this assumption, it seems to be a complex matter, but I suggest Cowboy the dog, gets his paws on this document, I’m sure it will entertain him whilst he is in convalescence. (There must be teens of blog posts in that document, I’d never heard of the Countryside Rights of Way act referred to as the CROW Act before, you see we do live and learn on this blog!) It’s not quite the document I was looking for but it has entertainment value.

      • That is an astonishing document. It is clear that it should never fall into the hands of the Planning Commission. It would only give them ideas, and we have enough confusing rules as it is.

        I noticed that the Agenda begins with “Apologies.” Is that standard? If so I think it a wonderful notion, and will propose it not only to the Planning Commission but to the Township Board as well. (But perhaps it is only this particular body that is, um, routinely required to begin its meetings with Apologies?)

      • Gerry, here in the UK the convention is to start the meeting with apologies sent from members for their absence, rather than apologies for misdeeds or inaction! That said all the only thing this list of no-shows tells us is that members absence was aforethought rather than (as has been known to happen in my case) the person has clean forgot about the meeting/thought it was on a different date!

  2. Beautiful shots, as always. I got a kick out of the sign in the last one. Given how pretty it all looks, I’d say it’s worth the expense of a penny.

  3. I used to love visiting Lathkill Dale, I haven’t been there for years. did you see any dippers?

  4. Lathkill Dale is lovely isn’t it? Haven’t been this year yet but hope to see the orchids and Jacob’s Ladder later on. Brilliant sign and I’m sure you are right about the reason behind it though I wouldn’t have thought of it.

  5. Lovely place. After a hard winter it’s a relief to finally see green everywhere!

    Don’t talk about roof repairs – please? Ours has just cost a substantial chunk of the holiday budget. It may take some time to supress the bitter feeling …

    • Oh Fee, sympathies, this job would have bought us several family holidays, full board in glitzy locations. It is a once in a life time effort and will bring three centuries worth of muck and dust with it. Brace for impact.

  6. Lovely place, love the water shot and thanks for all this interesting banter on the sign and regulations.

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