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

Trees of Distinction


A wooded, ancient lane that leads down to Mill Bay.

Millbay track 3-2

It’s proved nigh on impossible to capture the magnificence of these trees (I think they are lime trees*)

Millbay track 4-2

Whilst I was faffing around with the camera, a passing walker suggested I Photoshop in some fairies to help capture the atmosphere of this special place. Another asked if I’d ever been here in the spring, when the lane if flanked by primroses, I haven’t but I’d like to see it then.

Millbay track 5-2

Ferns, mosses and badger tracks are abundant,


Spud loves it down here, in places there are steep banks, he came running off the top of one bank at full pelt, it was was about 7ft high, he hit the ground legs out, forward and aft,  but still with forward momentum, he shot straight through my stride, a fraction of a second either way, he’d have he hit me: he’d have taken me off my feet that’s for sure.


(*but don’t quote me on that, I’m on holiday, I’m not spending my time Googling trees; and look how wrong I got the bee stuff)


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.

19 thoughts on “Trees of Distinction

  1. I love these trees 🙂

  2. Fairies, indeed. Of course, they would have been quite surprised by Spud’s landing!

  3. Beautiful. Definitely a place to visit.

    By the way, I added a link to your blog.

  4. I like the top one best. The curve of the trees leads the eye naturally along the path. The whole has a very pleasing and natural shape.

  5. Whenever we went down a lane, where the trees met at the top, Mam would say “We are in God’s Church now”.

    The photos brought back many happy memories.

    Thank you.

  6. For our children, when they were small, a lane with trees that met over the top went under a “Fairy Bridge” so perhaps your passer by had it right. Or perhaps it was one of our family!!

  7. The first one is simply wonderful.

  8. Just amazing and beautiful. Thankfully there are parts of Britain & England that remain a green and pleasant land!

  9. You have a gift for finding wooded, ancient lanes and showing them to best advantage. Fairies are all very well and good, but badgers! I long to see badgers.

  10. Absolutely magical and enchanting ~ of course fairies and their ilk abound, and the badger family, too 🙂 Your photo and comments were part of the inspiration for a poem I wrote on my website 🙂 Glad to see you continue to enjoy your vacation and share it will your readers.

  11. …er, em…with your readers.

  12. Egad! I spy some pictures that are going into my wallpaper file (with your kind permission!). Such scenery you have! It’s 35 C (95 F) here (Texas panhandle) just at the moment (1:30 p.m.), and these photos of cool green shade (especially the one with the gate) look so inviting. . . . .

  13. Lady, I LOVE your pictures. I’m sort of an American Brit nut. Fell in love with you folks through Masterpiece theatre and the books of Anthony Trolloppe (hope I spelled that last name correctly), and “George Eliot”, A.J.Cronin. Best regards to you and yours from North Carolina.

  14. WOW I like the pictures here so much – that first one with the old lane and trees is fabulous!

  15. These images remind me of walks I have taken in the UK woods – thank you for the nice reminders.

  16. nice pictures of those trees. if they are lime trees uphill, how old would they be ???.
    they must have seen a few years go by

  17. What absolutely gorgeous old trees. So dreamy…

  18. The first scene looks magical.

  19. Absolutely beautiful!! I agree with others, the first photo is breathtaking (although the rest are very nice, as well)!

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