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

Playing Out


Mr Uhdd has been running about with the camera, on a special mission to bring you photographs of Kinder Downfall.

Kinder Downfall Ice 1-1

Kinder Downfall perches on the edge of the Kinder Plateau where the peat stained waters flow over the rocks and tumble down into the valley;

Kinder Downfall Ice 3-1

and when it freezes, the Downfall becomes a mecca for climbers who like the chance to dust off their crampons and ice axes with out spending hours in a car travelling to  ‘proper big mountains’ in Scotland, Wales or the Alps.

Kinder Downfall Ice 6-1

It looks rather magnificent, don’t you think

Kinder Downfall Ice 7-1

Tom tells me that the road up to the nearest access to the Downfall has been chock full of cars, even late at night.

Kinder Downfall Ice 5-1

I imagine climbing this by the light of this weeks full moon must be something special.

Kinder Downfall Ice 4-1

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.

15 thoughts on “Playing Out

  1. hi mrs uhdd, wow, what amazing pics. hope you are well, sorry i didn’t see you the other night. have a lovely christmas and a fab 2011. Sara.xxx

  2. Oh, well, my goodness, yes, I, um, can’t imagine anything more fun than climbing a frozen waterfall by moonlight. It would be exhilarating. I trust you were having a nice quiet day while Mr. Uhdd risked life and limb to get these very nice shots. I’m going to strap on my YakTrax and take a nice, placid walk around the neighborhood.

  3. WOW! I have never seen something like this before. GREAT shots and GREAT post! Thanks for showing us this 🙂 – and Merry Christmas!

  4. Tell Mr. Uhdd that he may have my share of the world’s climbing about on frozen waterfalls. I will spectate from a safe distance, thank you. Like from here in my comfy chair with a laprobe on, viewing his great photos on my computer. -.

    • You won’t catch me climbing this sort of thing either, but it’s always a spectacular place to be. When the wind is blowing towards the Downfall, it carries all the water back uphill and deposits it on walkers on the path above – the buffeting and water make it feel a bit like being in a washing machine!

  5. Merry Christmas! 🙂

  6. Frozen in time or what!! What fantastic photos, and what an amazing experience it must be to be up close and personal ~ Seeing the people in the photos really emphasizes the colossus-ness of the waterfalls. Amazing! Thanks Mr. Uhdd for clamping on!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours 🙂

  7. That looks mighty impressive! xx

  8. Fantastic pictures – thanks to Mr UHDD for the efforts.

    Merry Christmas to you, your family and your readers, and a virtual pat for Spud.

  9. Too scary for me. Merry Christmas to the entire UHDD family.

  10. Happy Christmas 2010!

  11. Wow! That’s amazing. Mr. UHDD did a fine job of capturing it.

    Happy Christmas to you and yours, Mrs. UHDD. 🙂

  12. This is spectacular! Thank you for sharing the beauty of this spot with us. That would be amazing to climb. I would be worried the chunk of ice I was on would break off and crash down the hill. Looks like those people are enjoying a great adventure on the ice!

    Merry Christmas to you both!

  13. I had no idea it did that! What an amazing sight. I shall certainly share this image with people. And maybe you’ll pick up some new readers.

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